There are plenty of things students, teachers and faculty can do to stop violence at their schools.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Believe that rape, dating violence and stalking are unacceptable and say it out loud.
- Understand all people can be victims regardless of sex, gender identity, culture, social class, religion, and/or ability.
- Find ways to help others join in activities on campus rather than excluding them from participating.
- Use social media to talk about ways to prevent violence.
- Talk to your friends and colleagues about violence prevention and ask them to do their part. Offer concrete ways they can contribute.
- Organize a training for campus groups and include the warning signs of perpetration and victimization and learn how to safely respond when you see them.
- Be a knowledgeable resource for survivors.
- Post a list of resources by the computers in your resource center area so students can research websites about violence prevention.
- Look out for friends at parties and other high-risk situations. Be an active bystander.
- Learn how to intervene safely in potentially high-risk situations.
- Explore prevention websites for teens and young adults. For example, Love is Respect.
- Include books/articles about violence prevention in your reading assignments.
- Write a paper on violence prevention.
- Let students know you are a safe person to confide in.
- Ask local advocacy service providers to present at your next faculty in-service workshop.
- Work with campus administration to ensure strong violence prevention and response policies are in place and evaluate their effectiveness on an annual basis.
- Organize a fundraiser for your local advocacy center.