Violence Prevention Education
Bystander Intervention is a primary prevention strategy that changes the focus from a one-to-one relationship between a potential perpetrator and a potential survivor to a total community response.
We ask what can we do in the moment to intervene safely to change situations that could escalate to violence. To this end, the PARC Violence Prevention Educators team has implemented Bystander Training, a framework for training students to take leadership as pro-social bystanders on our campus.
Currently, we offer a few different versions of Bystander Training:
- Bystander Training Level One - our flagship program, this training discusses the roots of violence and introduces the 'deis Won't Just Roll With It 5 D Framework: Direct, Distract, Distance, Delegate, and Document. We recommend this training for all students in their first year on campus. Sign up for an upcoming open session here.
- Bystander Training Level Two: Supporting Survivors - this training is designed for student leaders, such as club officers, CAs, TAs, and anyone who may be in a position to offer support to others. We focus on strategies around supporting someone if they tell you they've experienced violence and ways to connect the to appropriate resources.
- Bystander Training Level Three: Microaggressions - Coming soon!
- Bystander Training Level Four: Transitioning into the Workplace - How might intervening be different in your workplace? What options for reporting exist when you are no longer on campus? This training addresses issues of violence and harassment off campus, discussing issues of power dynamics and much more. Sign up for this training, co-sponsored by Hiatt Career Center, here.
If you have any questions or would like additional information about Bystander Training, please email Tanashya Batra, Coordinator of Education and Training.
Undergraduate new student orientation features Speak About It. This performance piece features information about consent, healthy relationships, dating violence, sexual assault, and bystander intervention.
Staff and Faculty
The Office of Human Resources provides a workshop for staff and faculty on Title IX and the prevention of sexual harassment.
More About the Violence We Are Working to Prevent...
Dating violence, according to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), is “Violence committed by a person whom is or has been in “a special relationship of a romantic or intimate nature” as determined by length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and frequency of interaction.
For a full list of definitions as well as more information about University policies and procedures related to Dating and Domestic Violence, refer to Rights and Responsibilities, Section 3.2.
According to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), stalking is, “Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to: fear for [their] safety or the safety of others; or to suffer substantial emotional distress.”
The term ‘stalking’ is defined by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as: “Whoever (1) willfully and maliciously engages in a knowing pattern of conduct or series of acts over a period of time directed at a specific person which seriously alarms or annoys that person and would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress, and (2) makes a threat with the intent to place the person in imminent fear of death or bodily injury.”
For a full list of definitions as well as more information about University policies and procedures related to Harassment and Stalking, refer to Rights and Responsibilities, Section 3.2.
Sexual contact that occurs without the explicit consent of each student involved may be considered sexual assault. Engaging in sexual activity with a person whom you know — or reasonably should know — to be incapacitated constitutes sexual assault.
Consent must be clearly communicated, mutual, non-coercive, and given free of force or the threat of force. A student who is physically or mentally incapacitated by drugs, alcohol, or other circumstances is not capable of giving consent.
For a full list of definitions as well as more information about University policies and procedures related to Sexual Assault, refer to Rights and Responsibilities, Section 3.2.