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● How are you?
● Has anything GASA related come up?
● Two sessions left!!
If y’all need anything from Steven or myself do
not hesitate to reach out!
● What do you think of Todd explicitly mentioning
● What does this mean for us in this room?
● What will you realistically do to hold yourselves to
a higher standard?
● Do you honestly feel prepared to take on that role--
if not, what can we do to ensure you are well
Greek Week Recap
- Did anyone go to the Greek pageant / sing?
- Aside from performances, what else did you
see in the pageant?
- Gender Roles
- Rape Culture
•1 in 71 men report experiencing rape at some point in their lives (U.S. Centers for
Disease Control, 2012)
•Approximately 1 in 5 undergraduate women experience attempted or completed
sexual assault in their college career (National Center for Injury Prevention and
Control, Division of Violence Prevention, 2012)
•1 in 12 women and 1 in 45 men have been stalked at some point in their lifetime
(National Institute for Justice)
•As many as 53% of college students have experienced at least one incident of
dating violence (National Center for Victims of Crime)
Violence at Storrs
STORRS CAMPUS STATISTICS
Reported forcible sexual assaults on
OFFICE OF DIVERSITY AND EQUITY AND TITLE IX COORDINATOR
DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS
UCONN POLICE DEPARTMENT
911 – emergencies
(860) 486-4800 (routine calls)
All University employees without privileged
communication are required to contact
Community Standards, Office of Diversity &
Equity or the Title IX Coordinator when
someone discloses they have been sexually
*Student Health Services,Women’s Clinic: 860-486-4837
*Counseling and Mental Health Services: 860-486-4705
Women’s Center: 860-486-4738
Department of Residential Life: 860-486-3430
Dean of Students Office: 860-486-3426
Local Resources (Off-Campus)
*Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Eastern Connecticut
24 Hour Hotline: 860-456-2789
Willimantic Office: 860-456-3595
*Domestic Violence Program of United Services, Inc. – 860.456.9476
UConn’s definition of consent
•is an understandable exchange of affirmative words or actions, which
indicate a willingness to participate in mutually agreed upon sexual activity.
•must be informed, freely and actively given.
•It is the responsibility of the initiator to obtain clear and affirmative
responses at each stage of sexual involvement.
•The lack of a negative response is not consent.
•An individual who is incapacitated by alcohol and/or other drugs both
voluntarily or involuntarily consumed may not give consent.
•Past consent of sexual activity does not imply ongoing future consent.
● Drinking and hooking up are not mutually exclusive.
● Initiator’s responsibility to make sure the person or persons they
are hoping to engage with is/are in a state where they are able to
make rational and reasonable decisions.
o Ask yourself: Can this person/these people understand and
articulate the “who”, “what”, “when”, “where”, “why” and
“how” of this potential sexual interaction?”
● We all react to alcohol differently. We cannot offer a set number
of drinks or BAC level that will keep everyone in a state where
they are able to consent.
● repeated harassing or threatening behavior
o could involve:
unwanted phone calls/hangups
sending unwanted gifts
contacting people that know the one being
Connecticut stalking law is outlined in Sec.
53a-181(c)(d)(e) of the Penal Code.
In Connecticut, a person is guilty of stalking in the third degree when:
● “…he recklessly causes another person to fear for his physical safety by willfully and repeatedly
following or lying in wait for such other person.”
In Connecticut, a person is guilty of stalking in the second degree when:
● “…with intent to cause another person to fear for his physical safety, he willfully and repeatedly
follows or lies in wait for such other person and causes such other person to reasonably fear for his
In Connecticut, a person is guilty of stalking in the first degree when he commits stalking in the second
● He has previously been convicted of first or second degree stalking.
● OR the stalking violates a court order in effect at the time of the offense.
● OR the victim is under the age of sixteen.
● Stalking in the first degree is a Class D felony.
Consent and Rape Culture on campus
TEDx Talk (Start 8:30)
- What are your thoughts?
- Do you agree with her or disagree? Why?
- Is any of this relevant to our campus? If so,
what exactly is it? (Give scenarios)
- Dating apps
Diffusion of Responsibility – Phenomenon whereby each bystander’s
sense of responsibility to help decreases as the number of witnesses
Pluralistic Ignorance – Phenomenon whereby bystanders assume that
nothing is wrong in an emergency because no one else looks concerned.
This greatly interferes with the interpretation of the event as a
problem/emergency and therefore reduces helping.
Spiral of Silence – A theory that asserts a person is less likely to voice an
opinion if one feels that one is in the minority for fear of reprisal or
isolation from the majority.
Types of Bystanders
● Bystander: Anyone who sees or otherwise becomes aware of
behavior that appears worthy of comment or action.
● Negative Bystander: A spectator who actively participates in
victimization and/or contributes to a hostile environment
● Neutral Bystander: A nonparticipant spectator.
o Not making a choice is still a choice
● Positive Bystander: A spectator who witnesses problematic
behavior and does something to intervene in a way that impacts
the outcome positively.
o Confront either the potential target or the person who has or you
think may commit the violent act or create a hostile
saying things like “That’s not cool, please stop” or “Leave
● works best when you know the person you’re trying to
● when mixed with an environment where alcohol or drugs
are used, it could go badly because the person could
o Interrupt the flow of potential violence. Once the bystander
identifies a high risk situation that person goes to work to
distract either the target or the one about to commit the
could say things like: “Aren’t you in my class?” or “Don’t
you know my friend ___?”
● This tactic is successful when there is drugs or alcohol
being used because people under the influence will
more likely be distracted
o Involve others or ask for help from an authority figure
Asking someone to go sit with them and talk
Taking them to the bathroom or to go dance
o If you don’t know the person, ask around and see if someone
Help could come from a bartender or bouncer or the
people you came with
o When you check in after the incident to see if the
person is okay or if there is anything you can do
Could be used if you feel unsafe or if you see
someone visibly upset perhaps after the incident
● “Are you okay”
● “How can I help you”
● “I’m so sorry that happened to you”
Things to Consider
In the past have you generally been a bystander or intervener? In what kinds
of situations are you one or the other? Out of the topics we have discussed,
which interventions are more difficult and why?
What message do you think it sends when people are “silent” about an issue?
What did you learn that you did not know or were not aware of before?
What skill or strategy is most difficult for you to put into practice? Why?