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Sexual Violence Prevention

Sexual Violence Prevention Services (SVPS), a program of the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity, provide programs, information and assistance on issues related to rape, sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence 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.

SVPS oversees the coordination of programming during Sexual Assault Awareness Week in September. The ETC4WGE has a collection of books, articles and materials on related issues that are available to be checked out. In addition, SVPS has trained staff members that are available to provide individual assistance and support to survivors, friends and family.

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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Consent
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

Tips for Having a Safe Night Out

Sexual Harassment Info For Parents (pdf)

Sexual Harassment Information Website »


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Did You Know..
  • Only 26% of all Distinguished Professors at KU are women
  • Of the 165 members of the Kansas legislature only 39 are women, the lowest since 1988
  • Only 2 of the 14 Kansas Court of Appeals Judges are women
  • 30% of single mothers in Kansas live below the poverty level

Concerned by what you now know? Get involved today!

As we come upon the most stressful time of the semester, we want to remind you that we have support available! Sarah Jane Russell, CARE (Campus Assistance, Resources and Education) Coordinator, is available if you need someone to talk to! Her contact info:

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Tony Porter A Call to Men Tony is the original visionary and co-founder behind A CALL TO MEN: The National Association of Men and Women Committed to Ending Violence Against Women. He is the author of "Well Meaning Men...Breaking Out of the Man Box - Ending Violence Against Women" and the visionary for the book, NFL Dads Dedicated to Daughters. Tony spoke in October 2011 as part of the Jana Mackey Lecture Series.