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Advocacy and Prevention

Prevention

At Butler University, we believe that the prevention of sexual misconduct is everyone’s responsibility. All new students who enroll at Butler are asked to complete the U Got This! course prior to the start of their first semester, which ensures all community members have the chance to explore the critical issue of consent, the role bystanders can play to shape a culture that does not support sexual misconduct, and the specifics of campus policy. Ongoing educational efforts including campaigns, workshops and events are coordinated within student organizations, residential communities, and the general student body throughout the year by various departments on campus.

Butler University is also an active member of the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault Campus Consortium and has committed to a rigorous strategic planning cycle to assess and evolve sexual violence prevention and response efforts informed by research. Learn more about the ICESA Campus Consortium.

U Got This! Online Course

U Got This is an online program that invites all new Bulldogs to join Butler’s ongoing conversations on consent, healthy relationships, sexual violence prevention and response, stalking, and bystander intervention. While the topics are heavy, the course is engaging and accessible. By taking U Got This, students will have the opportunity to solve real life problems and learn about Butler’s policies and resources. Taking this course ensures that every new Bulldog has some baseline knowledge on these critical topics upon joining our community.

The U Got This course for undergraduate students is delivered through three 10-20 minutes online training modules and is accessible on desktop, laptop, and mobile devices.  You can work at your own pace, and leave and return to the course at any time. When you return, it will open right where you left off.

Expectations

All incoming students at Butler University are expected to complete the U Got This! course.

For the Summer 2019 semester, all new incoming students should receive an email, containing a unique login link, requesting their completion of the U Got This course. All new incoming students taking summer courses are expected to complete the U Got This course by the end of their summer term. 

For new incoming students who will begin classes in the Fall 2019 semester, an email, containing a unique login link will be sent on August 1. All new incoming students are expected to complete the U Got This course by the first day of class.

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Green Dot Bystander Intervention

Visualize for a moment that unforgettable image of small red dots spreading across a map of the US‚ symbolizing the spread of some terrible epidemic—each red dot representing an individual case. Now imagine a map of your community. Each red dot on this map represents an act of power-based personal violence. A red dot is a threat, a hit, an unwanted touch or unwelcome comment. A red dot is a single choice to bring harm to another. 

Power-based personal violence is not a solid mass that can be removed with one swift action or policy; rather‚ it is the accumulation of individual choices. It is hard to know exactly how many red dots are on our map at any given moment—but we do know there have been enough red dots to sustain unacceptable rates of sexual assault and harassment.

Now, imagine adding a green dot in the middle of all those red dots on your map. A green dot is any choice that promotes safety and communicates intolerance for violence. A green dot is getting someone else involved, creating a distraction to defuse the situation, checking on the person being harmed or asking someone to step back. A green dot is simply an individual choice at any given moment to make a red dot less likely. How many green dots will it take to begin reducing powerbased personal violence? Even though we can’t know the exact number, we do know this: There are far more individuals in any given community who don’t commit violence and harassment than those who do. If just some of us were willing to step up—even in small ways—very quickly green dots will outnumber the red dots, and less of those we care about will be harmed. What’s your green dot?

Upcoming Green Dot Trainings

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Upcoming Green Dot Events

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Green Dots You Can Do Right Now

Green Dot opportunities are infinite. You don't have to do them all, but you have to do some. Look for the green dots where your skill, interest, passion and opportunity intersect! That is where you can have the biggest impact. Everyone has a part to play in ending violence at UK and in their communities.

  • Send a mass email to your contact list with a simple message, "This issue is important to me and I believe in the goal of reducing violence."
  • Change your email signature line to include the statement, "Proud to be a GREEN DOT supporter" and include the link to the VIP website.
  • Make a donation to a local rape crisis center or domestic violence shelter and write, "GREEN DOT supporter" in the memo line.
  • Ask one male friend or relative what he thinks about sexual and gender-based interpersonal violence and what men could do to help stop it.
  • Visit the Jackson Katz website and read "10 Things Men Can Do To End Gender Violence."
  • Ask 5 people in your life how sexual and gender-based interpersonal violence has impacted them (directly or indirectly) and listen to their response.
  • Think about the women in your life that you care most about, and consider that they have 1 in 3 odds of becoming victims of violence in their lifetime.
  • Wear a green dot t-shirt one day this week and explain to someone what it means.
  • Talk to a guy friend of yours about the importance of men getting involved in prevention.
  • Wear a Green Dot button one day this week.
  • Bring a friend to an awareness event.
  • If I saw someone who was intoxicated left behind by her/his friends, I would tell them to take her/him with them.
  • If I suspect that my friend is in an abusive relationship, I ask her/him and provide information about resources available.
  • If I suspect a friend has been sexually assaulted, I let her/him know I am here if they want to talk.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In October, the Office of Health Education and Outreach Programs raises awareness about domestic violence and dating abuse with a campus-wide campaign we call No More Month.  Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend an educational program, visit with one of the local service providers who visit campus with their resources and information, and actively engage in conversations in and outside of the classroom about the role we all can play to end dating abuse and domestic violence. 

View the full schedule of events for 2018 No More Month.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

The Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign seeks to educate the university community about sexual assault, show support for survivors, and equip members of the campus community to prevent and respond to sexual violence. Sexual Assault Awareness Month is observed nationally in the month of April. Events are coordinated by the Office of Health Education & Outreach Programs and often involve partnerships with local service providers and the Butler University Counseling & Consultation Services, the Butler University Police Department, Stand Tall peer educators and the Office of Title IX. 

View the full schedule of events for 2018 Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Sexual Assault Prevention Task Force

Staff from the Sexual Assault Response and Prevention (SARP) Office are in partnership with the University Title IX Coordinator convene a working group of faculty, staff and students that meets on an ongoing basis to discuss evidence informed practices, review current prevention and education offerings and identify opportunities for cross-campus collaboration.

Programs and Events

If you are interested in hosting an event for your student organization or residence hall floor, all of the SARP Office programs and events are available and FREE for you! We do all of the work, you reap the benefits of having an amazing event with little effort on your part!

Sex Tac Toe (45 minutes)

This interactive, Hollywood-Squares-style game puts your knowledge to the test! Which team can win when it comes to sexuality issues, sexual health, sexual violence, consent, and more? We can promise a night of laughs and learning with this fast-paced cooperative game!

OneLove: Escalation Workshop (90 minutes)

The Escalation Workshop is a film-based discussion that will open your eyes to the warning signs of relationship abuse. After watching the film, Escalation, workshop participants dive into a discussion about the film—led by trained facilitators—discussing the early warning signs of relationship abuse and what they can do if they witness or experience these warning signs. The conversation is led by a facilitator that has been trained by One Love.

OneLove: Behind the Post Workshop (45 minutes)

Billions of photos are posted to social media every day, but you can’t always see the big picture through the small ones, especially when it comes to unhealthy relationships. The Behind the Post workshop helps get the conversation started with a short film and a guided discussion that examines unhealthy relationship behaviors and the role social media can play. 

Upcoming Events

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