Prevention and Education
Washington and Lee University is committed to the prevention of sexual misconduct through education and awareness programs. Throughout the year, the University offers educational programs to promote awareness of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking and retaliation. Prevention and education programs include an overview of the University's policies and procedures, relevant definitions including prohibited conduct, discussion of the impact of alcohol and illegal drug use, effective consent, safe and positive options for bystander intervention, and information about risk reduction.
Bringing in the Bystander®
Bystander intervention programs teach potential witnesses safe and positive ways that they can act to prevent or intervene when there is a risk for relationship violence. A bystander approach gives community members specific roles that they can use in preventing sexual violence, including naming and stopping situations before they happen, stepping in during an incident, and speaking out against ideas and behaviors that support sexual violence.
The Bringing in the Bystander® program emphasizes a bystander intervention approach and assumes that everyone has a role to play in ending relationship violence. Its main message is that "Everyone in the community has a role to play in ending relationship violence."
The Bringing in the Bystander® program and Know Your Power® social marketing campaign were developed by the University of New Hampshire Prevention Innovations program. Bringing in the Bystander® and Know Your Power® are federally registered trademarks of the University of New Hampshire. The programs and trademarks are used here with permission from the University of New Hampshire.
Student organizations focused on education related to sexual misconduct include:
- One in Four
- Law Student Sexual Assault Alliance
- Lifestyle Information for Everyone (LIFE)
Various apps for cell phones are designed to prevent violence.
- Circle of 6: free app that allows you to automatically send your circle of six trusted friends a pre-programmed SMS alert message with your exact location.
- Rave Guardian: free app for iphone that allows selected guardians to view your status and location.