Prevention and Education

Bystander Intervention

Bystander Intervention is a primary prevention strategy that changes the focus from a one-to-one relationship between a potential perpetrator and a potential victim to a total community response.

Instead of pointing fingers, we ask what can we do in the moment to intervene safely to change situations that could escalate to sexual assaults. To this end, Brandeis has adapted the evidence-based University of New Hampshire curriculum “Bringing in the Bystander” as a framework for training students to take leadership as pro-social bystanders on our campus.

If you have any questions or would like additional information about Bystander Training, please email Divanna Eckels, Coordinator of Education and Training at deckels@brandeis.edu.

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Orientation

Undergraduate 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 the prevention of sexual harassment and Title IX.

Types of Prevention

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Relationship Abuse

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.

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Sexual Harassment and Stalking

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 his or her 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.”

See Rights and Responsibilities, Section 3.2.

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Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Assault

Sexual contact that occurs without the explicit consent of each student involved may be considered sexual misconduct. Engaging in sexual activity with a person whom you know — or reasonably should know — to be incapacitated constitutes sexual misconduct.

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.

See Rights and Responsibilities, Section 3.