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DePauw University is committed to ending violence on campus and providing evidence-based learning opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to promote safety and a culture of consent on campus.

Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Education
Available 8am-5pm Monday-Friday via phone and email.  Phone: 765-658-4173     Email: SA_PrevEd@depauw.edu

SASA (Sexual Assault Survivor Advocate) Support is available 24/7 at 765-658-4650 

Sexual assault on college campuses is a national problem.  Preventing sexual assault and supporting survivors is everyone’s responsibility. Partners and colleagues across the university implement comprehensive, evidence-based strategies to support survivors, prevent sexual assault and promote healthy relationships and sexual health through the sexual citizenship approach. 

What is sexual assault and interpersonal violence?  This includes rape, non-consensual sexual contact, stalking and more.  The student handbook includes a sexual misconduct policy and provides further explanation.

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault and need resources, you can find the resource page here.  Click here to find out what to do and how to report.

What is Sexual Citizenship?  Sexual citizenship is the acknowledgment that all humans are sexual beings and it is one’s responsibility to learn and grow for themselves, their partners and the communities they are a part of. As an education practice sexual citizenship utilizes five themes to build a foundation for learning and growth: the history of sex and sexual violence, consent and sexual communication, healthy relationships, sexual health and bystander intervention. In a world that centers whiteness and fails to acknowledge the narratives of LGBTQ+, racial and other marginalized groups, it is crucial these themes provide a comprehensive education that accounts for multiple identities. The concept of sexual citizenship utilizes the “Black Women’s Blueprint recommended Socio-Ecological Model of Prevention” which is an expanded version from the original Socio-Ecological Model of Prevention created by Urie Bronfenbrenner.

What is DePauw already doing to prevent sexual violence and promote education about healthy relationships and sexual health?  DePauw’s comprehensive plan to prevent sexual violence includes the following:

  • Green Dot, a bystander intervention program.  

  • EverFi an online module for incoming students that emphasizes the importance of prevention, consent, and healthy relationships. 

  • In Person Sexual Citizenship Workshops offer students opportunities to learn more about the five topics central to sexual citizenship: the history of sex and sexual violence, consent and sexual communication, healthy relationships, sexual health and bystander intervention. Workshops tailored to your students' needs and experiences. Elizabeth Getz, Coordinator of Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Education, is available to facilitate learning opportunities for your students, specific to their needs. Contact SA_PrevEd@DePauw.edu for more information.

  • On Demand Sexual Citizenship workshops provide asynchronous opportunities for individuals to learn more about the five topics central to Sexual Citizenship. On Demand workshops are especially valuable in e-learning environments. 

  • Programming Events

An history of demonstrated commitment to prevention and education.  In 2011, DePauw was the recipient of a $300,000 grant from the Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women to develop campus programming.  In 2016, DePauw joined Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault’s (ICESA) Campus Consortium to share best practices and receive increased training and support. DePauw is committed to seeking the best available resources, implementing the most effective interventions, and providing the most affirming support so all our students can grow, learn and thrive.

One of the best ways to prevent sexual assault is to promote a culture of consent. A culture of consent requires we communicate with each other about what we want and don’t want. A culture of consent requires speaking up about things that may be uncomfortable to discuss and listening with respect.  Additionally, you can:

  • Familiarize yourself with campus policy and community resources.  Click here to learn more about available campus and community resources.  Click here to read the student handbook.

  • If you or someone you know has experienced a sexual assault, click here to learn what to do and how to report.

  • Be an active bystander.  No one has to do everything but everyone has to do something.  Learn more by visiting the Green Dot page.

  • Be a trusted resource on campus.  Faculty and staff can remind students about campus resources and include expectations for safety and respect in their syllabi or position descriptions.  Faculty and staff can participate in campus efforts to prevent sexual assault and promote healthy relationships and sexual health.

  • Stay involved.  We all have a role in ensuring DePauw is a safe and healthy place to live, work, and learn.  Click here to contact the Title IX committee and click here to contact the Prevention and Education Coordinator.