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Preventing Sexual Assault:

FSU has worked continuously to improve its prevention outreach to counter sexual violence. We want to provide the safest community possible for our students and will continue to add programs toward this goal. Right now, FSU employs a number of preventative measures to educate our students about sexual violence, including risk factors, avoidance methods, bystander intervention, dangers of excessive intoxication and how to contact police and trained Student Services staff on campus.

  • The President’s Advisory Council Against Gender-Based Violence holds monthly meetings to discuss issues of sexual assault, review available sexual-violence-prevention programs and recommend the implementation of the programs they find most effective.
  • Since fall of 2012, all incoming freshman must take an in-person sexual-violence-prevention program, facilitated by trained faculty and staff volunteers, during their mandatory Orientation: Intro to Higher Education classes.
    • Welcome to the Party – Offered since 2012, this program is a full teaching curriculum centered on a half-hour film designed for young adults and teachers. It structures a series of discussions and lectures around the incidents depicted in the film to help students become more aware of sexual assault, recognize potentially abusive sexual behaviors and intervene when they see such behavior.
    • Step UP! – Offered beginning in fall of 2014, this nationally recognized program educates students to be proactive in helping others.
  • All incoming freshman and transfer students are now required to complete Haven–Understanding Sexual Assault, an interactive online program that educates students about and addresses issues of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking.
  • The Burg Peer Education Network runs the Red Zone Campaign, which was created to educate the FSU campus on methods to work as a community to prevent sexual assault, in particular during the “Red Zone,” the time between the beginning of the fall semester and Thanksgiving break, when sexual assaults, especially among new students, are more likely to occur.
  • A new poster campaign launched in spring 2014 focuses on clarifying and defining consent.
  • For V-Day (a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls), each February for the past 12 years, the University – led by V-Day@FSU – has hosted a week-long series of programs aimed at sexual assault awareness that concludes with a performance of the Vagina Monologues; all proceeds from the performance are donated to our local agencies, The Dove Center and Family Crisis Resource Center, along with a national or international V-Day Spotlight.
  • Student and Community Involvement regularly sponsors events such as Sexversations® the Program, where two “sexperts” foster a healthy, open conversation about intimacy, relationships, sex, sexual health, sexuality, sexual assault and everything in between. The highly-interactive program provides a safe, comfortable space to begin a conversation aimed at helping students live a safer, healthy, more sexually confident lifestyle, and encourages them to continue that positive conversation with their campus peers.
  • Safe Zone Training is available to all members of the FSU campus community and designed to support students, faculty and staff who identify as a Safe Zone advocate on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. Through education, advocacy and awareness, the program’s goal is to contribute to an open campus climate that is safe, accepting and just for all members of the University community.

FSU will continue to identify and implement additional sexual violence prevention measures, and will integrate OCR’s forthcoming guidance to expand our efforts.

More information is available from The President’s Advisory Council Against Gender-Based Violence.

For further information on this release, contact:

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