Sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and harassment are concerns both nationally and here on campus, where members of our community have been deeply affected by the behavior of others. In order to shift the culture, we need to do something drastically different. Dartmouth is building and rolling out a four-year prevention and education experience for all undergraduate students. This initiative, known as the Sexual Violence Prevention Project (SVPP), is designed to challenge the culture that perpetuates harm by helping students cultivate and strengthen positive behaviors and develop the skills to:
- Support those who have experienced harm (i.e. sexual assault, stalking, sexual harassment, and dating violence),
- Develop positive relationships and sexual behaviors,
- Understand power, privilege, and identity to engage respectfully across difference, and
- Intervene to prevent harm.
Each year, students will engage in experiences aligned with the four outcomes and will come together for common experiences to discuss, connect, reflect, and put their learning into intentional and meaningful action.
Student experiences are and will be:
- Research based, theory-driven, and culturally relevant
- Created in collaboration with students
- Timed with students' intellectual, cognitive, and social development
- Infused into many existing social structures
- Inclusive of varied teaching methods to account for different learning styles
- Focused on active skill-building