What you can do...
- Ask for help from our Peer Educators if you are unsure about the situation you are dealing with or you have dealth with in the past by completing this form.
- Familiarize yourself with
the warning signs of unhealthy or abusive relationships. If you hear a friend talking about
controlling their partner, for example, express your concern.
- Understand how your own
attitudes and actions might enable heterosexism, sexism and violence, and work
toward changing them.
heteronormative, sexist, racist, and all other remarks and jokes that support
or enable the marginalization of any category of people. Commit yourself to ending oppression in all
a mindful consumer of media. Promote
discussion among peers about how consumption of media can influence ideas about
gender roles, dynamics of interpersonal relationships, consent, sexual behavior,
and characteristics of people of various social identities.
- Read articles,
essays, books about qualities of health relationships and the root causes of
sexual violence. Educate yourself and others about the connections between
larger social forces and the conflicts within relationships.
- Be an informed
and engaged citizen. Research and
make informed choices in your support of policies, legislation, and political
candidates. Local, state, and national policies and legislation can create
conditions that enable, make possible, or reduce relationship violence and
- Support individuals and
agencies who are on the forefront in working to end all forms of interpersonal
- Support survivors of sexual assault by never
putting the blame on the person(s) who were assaulted. Never voice, believe, or
support the idea that a victim “wanted it.” No one owes their date or partner sex, under any
- Interrupt any friend or
acquaintance who you see violating, verbally or physically, someone’s space.
- Offer to watch your
friends’ drinks when they leave the table.
- Offer to be your
friend’s safe call when they meet up with someone they met online. Talk with your friend about safety guidelines
for online dating.
- Decide with your
friends in advance each person’s plan for staying safe, getting home, and
whether or not you will leave with anyone other than the person/people with
whom you arrived. Account for all people
in the group throughout the evening and when you leave.
- Share statistics with
your friends about interpersonal violence.