Primary Prevention

Primary Prevention of sexual violence means stopping the violence before it even has the chance to happen.

How to Promote Primary Prevention

Policies and Practices

Development and implementation of policies and practices that discourage sexual violence and encourage primary prevention measures.

Research

Use of research to guide prevention and serve as a catalyst for change

Public Awareness

Events and social media are tools you can use to increase education around sexual violence, prevalence, and ways to prevent sexual violence.

Prevention Programs

Attend workshops on healthy sexuality, consent, healthy relationships, communications building, boundary setting, and bystander intervention.

Consent

 

Freely Given. A choice made without pressure, coercion, manipulation, or  influence of drugs or alcohol.

Specific. Saying yes to one thing does not mean saying yes to the other things.

Clear. Silence is not the same thing as saying yes.

Reversible. Anyone can change their mind, anytime, about what they want or do not want.

Enthusiastic. Moving beyond the initial 'yes'. Engagement and excitement is present.

Ongoing. Saying yes now does not presume yes in the future.

Coercion

Manipulation

Characteristics of a Healthy Relationship

A healthy relationship should exist between you and your family, friends, and dating partners. These relationships will bring out the best in you and the other person. A relationship should make you feel happy, confident, and supported.

Good Communication

Individuality

Mutual Respect

Understanding

Equality

Compassion

Support

Mutual Trust

 

Power and Control Wheel

 

Bystander Intervention

 

Bystander Intervention involves developing the awareness, skills, and courage needed to intervene in a situation when another individual needs help. Bystander intervention allows individuals to send powerful messages about what is acceptable and expected behavior in our community.

Direct

Intervene directly. Let the person know that their actions are not okay. Do not use physical violence to intervene.

"I don't like how you are speaking to them."

"I don't think that's a good idea."

"That isn't nice. You shouldn't say things like that."

Distract

Find a way to redirect the attention of those behaving inappropriately. 

Change the subject.​

Call or text someone on their phone.​

Tell someone that you saw someone looking for them.​

Drop your books or bag.

Delegate

Find someone who is best equipped to handle the situation.

Ask a teacher for help.​

Ask a friend to step in.

Ask a family member to assist you.

Ask a group of people to help you.

Delay

Create time and space to better understand the situation.

Just check in with the person.​

Combine a distraction technique to separate the people.​

Ask if everyone is okay.​

Ask how you can help.

Document

Video or photo can be helpful. Only document if the situation is safe.

ALWAYS ask the person being harassed what they want to do with the footage. Do NOT post online, use it or send to people without permission.

 

Keep your attention on the person being harassed – make sure anything you do is focused on supporting them.

Rules for Bystander Intervention

  1. Do not put yourself at risk.

  2. Do not make the situation worse.

  3. Intervene at the earliest point possible.

  4. Look for early warning signs of trouble.

  5. Intervening does not necessarily mean confronting.

  6. Ask for help.

  1. Each situation calls for an informed approach and may be different each time.

  2. How does your personality inform your approach?

  3. Be aware of your own power in each situation.

Your Bystander Skillset

Steps of Bystander Intervention

  1. Notice that something is happening.

  2. Recognize something is wrong.

  3. Take personal responsibility.

  4. Know how you can help.

Learn More

Prevention for Students

Sexual violence can happen to anyone. It isn't only impacting college students, but also high school and middle school students. You can start learning how to prevent sexual violence at any age.

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Address

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Nashville, TN 37217

Telephone

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24/7 Crisis Line

1-800-356-6767

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