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Sexual Violence Prevention

The ETC provides programs, information and assistance on issues related to rape, sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence, self-defense and other forms of sexual and relationship violence. Workshops are offered to the campus community every semester and are available by request to living groups and student organizations.

Workshop topics include:

Healthy Relationships
We all have a range of relationships (peer, family, intimate, professors, colleagues, co-workers, etc.) that influence our everyday experiences and can make being a college student even more challenging. The Center offers a workshop designed to help students understand what healthy relationships look like, how to have one, and how to get yourself or a friend out of an unhealthy one. 

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Effective consent is active, not passive. Silence, in and of itself, cannot be interpreted as consent. Effective consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create mutually understandable permission regarding the conditions of sexual activity. In order to be effective, consent cannot be procured by use of physical force, compelling threats, intimidating behavior, or coercion. When someone makes clear to you that they do not want sex, that they want to stop, or that they do not want to go past a certain point of sexual interaction, continued pressure beyond that point can be coercive. Consent is the ability to make clear personal decisions.
Gender Roles & Sexism in the Media
Of the many ways that gender norms are introduced and upheld, representations in the media are one of the most pervasive. From a very young age, we are exposed to stereotypes that shape the development of our gender. Through language and behavior, these gender norms impact our daily lives and our relationships. From the subtle to the overt, we are bombarded with images of men and women on television, in movies, and in advertisements. How do we process these images? How do these images impact the ways in which we interact with each other?
Men & Masculinity
What does it mean to be a man on campus? In our effort to achieve gender equity, it is important for us to recognize that men have a gender too. We strive to engage in conversations with men on campus about the intersections of identity. Men play a vital role in the prevention of violence on our campus and in the world. We want to work with students to explore the role of masculinity in their lives and provide tools to break the barriers that impede further development.

Proactive Resources:

Free Self Defense Workshops

Sexual Harassment Info For Parents (pdf)

Sexual Harassment Information Website »

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Calendar of Events


Closing the Pay Gap: Salary Negotiation Workshop
April 12th 5:30pm, Spooner Commons
Annual Women's Recognition Awards Banquet
April 13th 6:30pm, Ballroom, Kansas Union
Not a Free Event
Self-Defense Workshop
April 23rd 3pm, Ambler Recreation Center
Registration Required, Click Here
 Jenn Freitag Performance: "I Want My Jacket Back"
April 28th 5:30pm, Kansas Union Outdoor Plaza
Did You Know..
  • Only 22% of all Distinguished Professors at KU are women, compared to 24% just two years ago
  • Of the 165 members of the Kansas legislature, only 41 are women
  • Only 3 of the 14 Kansas Court of Appeals Judges are women
  • 38% of Kansas families with a single-female head of household live below the poverty level
  • Median earnings in Kansas for women are just 79% of what median earnings are for men

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