Dartmouth has taken a stand and is leading national sexual violence prevention efforts by building a comprehensive and mandatory 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,
- 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 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