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Education and Prevention

Members of the University of Richmond community strongly believe that educating one another about sexual misconduct and responding to survivors are critical aspects of the University community.  Several student organizations, including sororities, fraternities, and the WILL* program, hold annual events to acknowledge and educate the campus about sexual misconduct's psychological, structural, and social components and how victims and allies may get support.

University offices, such as the Richmond College and Westhampton College Dean's Offices, University of Richmond Police Department, Athletics Department, Recreation & Wellness, and the Center for Student Involvement also oversee significant programs that engage all University members in understanding more about sexual misconduct awareness and prevention.  These programs bolster the efforts of offices such as the Student Health Center, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and the Chaplaincy to support survivors and to foster a strong learning community at the University of Richmond.

Below is a list of University programs and student initiatives that aim to educate the campus community about sexual misconduct and its prevention.

Get Involved!

Student Initiatives:

Spiders for SpidersSpiders for Spiders

. . . a student movement to end sexual violence in our community

To join this rapidly growing movement, CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for an interactive training that is intended to empower members of our student community to play an active role in ending sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking.  Participants will learn realistic methods of intervening before, during, and after incidents of violence occur as well as how to support friends.  Participants will leave with information about campus and community resources and with concrete tools to help create a culture where violence is not tolerated and where everyone is expected to do their part to keep our community safe.  This training is open to students who are interested in joining the movement to end sexual violence in our community and who want to learn ways to support survivors.

University Programs:

Clothesline Project

It Ends Now

Orientation Programs: "Think Again" and "It's On Us!"

Take Back the Night

White Ribbon Campaign

Things You Can Do to Help End Sexual Violence at UR:

  • Be an active bystander!  Bystanders, who greatly outnumber perpetrators, have the power to stop abuse and to get help for people who have experienced sexual violence. Active bystanders are people who are aware of an abusive situation and choose to speak up and say or do something without putting their own safety at risk.
  • Call 911 if there is immediate danger to you or someone else.
  • In intimate situations, communicate clearly about how you feel and what you want. Listen to your partner. Do not rely on body language - stop, ask, and clarify what your partner wants.
  • Do not accept the myth that 'no means yes'. Submission does not equal consent.
  • Limit alcohol intake. And remember that having sex with someone who is incapacitated is sexual violence, even if you have been drinking.
  • Educate yourself and examine your own attitudes that may perpetuate sexism and gender-based violence.
  • Challenge actions, comments or jokes that support rape and other gender-based violence.
  • Speak up. Don't just look the other way. Confront friends who are being disrespectful or abusive of any person by speaking up when you think gender-based violence is possible. You could save a friend from an unwanted sexual experience - or from committing one.
  • Start conversations with your friends, your partners, and your family about what violence means and how they can help stop gender-based violence.
  • Be critical of the media you consume. Only support musical artists, television shows, and movies that treat people with respect and portray gender-based violence accurately. If you don’t like what you see or hear, turn it off.  Talk about it.
  • Talk to someone you know who makes sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic or other such remarks. Explain why you think the behavior is inappropriate.
  • Invite an educator to speak to your class or student organization about sexual violence.
  • If you sense trouble, ask the affected person if help is needed.
  • Get involved and do your part to end violence. There are many things you can do on and off campus to help, including attending events, requesting or organizing events, and volunteering your time.  Join the student-initiated Spiders for Spiders movement to end sexual violence in our community.