A significant tier of the work of Sexual Violence Response is prevention: erasing sexual violence from our culture, society, and community. Effective prevention entails educating individuals to understand the definitions and dynamics of each of the topics below:
- Sexual assault
- Domestic and dating violence (relationship abuse)
- Sexual harassment
- Bystander intervention
Programming and Workshops
Sexual Violence Response has more than 75 program offerings, including interactive workshops, in-depth training sessions, and film screenings with discussion. Workshops are available at no cost for students of Columbia University, Barnard College, Teachers College, Jewish Theological Seminary, and Union Theological Seminary. Workshops are divided into three categories:
- Impact Workshops are foundational sessions that cover definitions and dynamics of consent, sexual violence, dating violence, stalking, and harassment.
- CU Step UP! Workshops cover bystander intervention and community accountability.
- Next Level Workshops explore contributing factors and nuances of sexual violence and relationship dynamics.
Sexual Violence Response can also develop a unique program or tailor an existing one to meet the needs of a group. This process typically takes a minimum of four weeks to develop. The Workshop Request Form must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the requested date, and the location must be reserved and confirmed at least one week in advance. Programs will be facilitated by student volunteers and/or professional staff.