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Programming Module Information

There are a lot of important aspects of sexual violence that we should talk about.  University of Dayton’s Relationships and Sexual Violence Programming provides variety, allowing you to create the most appropriate program.  

To request a program, please fill out the request form.  Details about each module are provided below.

Bystander Intervention & Prevention

We know that sexual violence happens frequently on campus – so what can we do?  What action steps can we take to intervene when we see an interaction that makes us uncomfortable?  What can we do to minimize the chances that we could be a victim?  In this module, we will discuss some effective bystander intervention methods and how you can get involved to stop a sexual assault from happening.  We will also discuss prevention tips (what to do if you think you could be a perpetrator) and risk reduction tips (ways to keep yourself safe).

Learning outcome: Students will describe a scenario they have experienced or could likely experience and how they could apply a bystander prevention technique.

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The ability to give consent is one of your most important human rights.  In this module, we will discuss what qualifies as consent, the rumor that “sometimes no does’t really mean no when someone is playing hard to get,” deciphering verbal and non-verbal cues, the decision making process that leads to the decision to consent, and why consent is so important.

Learning outcome: Students will recognize consent and apply decision making skills to an everyday scenario.

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Current Events

Sexuality and sexual violence hit the news every day – especially on college campuses.  In this module, we will discuss current events and how these are affecting UD’s campus and students.

Learning outcome: Students will recognize the effects of sexual violence in greater society and respond to the current event introduced.

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Explore Your Values

There is a lot to consider when thinking about your values.  Oftentimes we want to listen to people we trust, taking into account what our parents, family, friends, and leaders think about the topic.  When we start talking about sexual violence, it is really important that we use universal language, so that when a partner says “these are my boundaries,” we can start an honest and open discussion.  For example, we use the word “abstinence” quite often, especially when discussing our values and morals.  But do you really know what the term means?  What about “promiscuous”?  Or “slut”?  Or “virgin”?  In this module, we will focus conversation on determining your own personal values, finding your boundaries, and how those boundaries can be discussed with a potential or current partner.

Learning outcome: Students will consider their own values and determine their own understanding of commonly used terminology.

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Gender

Our gender dictates how we interact, the expectations given to us, and how we approach the issue of sexual violence.  In this module, we will discuss the concept of gender, how society treats gender differences, the variety of genders that exist, and the privilege and oppression that is inherent in gender identity and gender expression.

Learning outcome: Students will define gender and discuss their inherent biases and discrimination.

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Get to Know Your Social Identities

The combination of your social identities makes you the person you are today.  Your gender, race, sexual orientation, body size, age, religion, physical abilities, and socioeconomic status all interact with one another to shape the person that you are and how others interact with you.  In this module, we will briefly discuss some of the inherent privileges and oppressions that come with some of these identities and the added risk that is associated with many of them in regards to sexual violence.  Note: this module has room for flexibility, so if you would like to focus on one of these social identities over the others, please let us know.

Learning outcome: Students will explore their own identities and begin to recognize the overabundance of sexual violence within some of these communities over others.

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Healthy Relationships

We think we know what to avoid in a relationship.  But what should we look for?  What are the components of a healthy relationship?  In this module, we will discuss the dynamics of a healthy relationship using Sternberg’s Theory of Love Relationships as a model, the realities of romance and dating in modern society, components of intimacy and communication, and what happens when these ideals all go wrong and lead to intimate partner violence.

Learning outcome: Students will explore potential dynamics of a healthy relationship and will analyze their own behaviors in comparison.

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Hook Up Culture

We have all used the phrase “hooking up” at some point, whether referring to our own behavior or a friend’s.  But what does “hooking up” really mean?  And what risks may or may not be associated with this behavior?  In this module, we will discuss the intricacies of the hook up culture and how you really feel about it.

Learning outcome: Students will define “hooking up” and recognize potentially risky behaviors associated with the culture.

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Know Your People!

There are a lot of resources on UD’s campus and in the Dayton area that are here to support you, but we often don’t have an opportunity to interact with them.  Here is your chance!  Choose from one of the following folks: Cindy Jennings (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner at Miami Valley Hospital), UD’s Public Safety, Montgomery County’s Victim Witness program, or Lori Shaw (UD’s Title IX Coordinator).  We will invite this individual into your session so that you can learn about the resources they provide directly from them!

Learning outcome: Students will recognize a professional as a local resource.

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Community

Sexual orientation, gender identity, and sexual expression can be difficult concepts to understand.  In this module, we will discuss terminology (clarifying the definitions of gender, sex, sexual orientation, and LGBTQ), the oppression that exists against the LGBTQ community and how that perpetuates violence, and how we can work together to make the University of Dayton a more welcoming place for every one of our community members.

Learning outcome: Students will explore their own understanding of sexual orientation and develop tools to support their LGBTQ peers.

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Peer Education

As student leaders, it can often be intimidating to start conversations about sexual violence and healthy relationships with your peers.  In this module, we will discuss how to have effective conversations, the key components of helping relationships, and tips for having conversations around sexual violence.  This module is ideal for students in a peer leadership role, such as Resident Assistants, Fellows, peer health educators, teaching assistants, supplemental instruction instructors, etc.

Learning outcome: Students will analyze their own communication style and better understand how to facilitate helping conversations.

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Policy Jeopardy

Learning about the UD policies related to sexual assault and sexual violence can be overwhelming.  In this module, we will discuss the documents that are most important to you, where to find them, and what the judicial procedures look like if someone you know reports a sexual assault.

Learning outcome: Students will locate and apply UD policies and procedures related to sexual violence.

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Power Based Personal Violence: Stalking, Bullying, and Date Rape

Power Based Personal Violence, or Intimate partner violence, is systemic, dangerous, and much more common than we often realize.  In this module, we will discuss power based personal violence, including stalking, bullying, and date rape, the effects of these abusive relationships, and how we can recognize when a friend or family member may be experiencing it.

Learning outcome: Students will differentiate between stalking, bullying, and date rape and explore their experiences with each.

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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual harassment affects 60% of all working women, creating dangerous dynamics in office settings, sacrificing resources, and affecting many employees’ job performance.  we are preparing to graduate and enter the workforce, many may be involved in these types of situations.  In this module, we will discuss the behaviors that constitute sexual harassment, how to recognize it, and how you can address the harassment when it occurs.

Learning outcome: Students will consider the dangers of sexual harassment in the workplace and understand action steps they can take in order to address future harassment.

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Rape Culture

Everyone is affected by sexual violence.  Yet not many people discuss it.  Why not?  Because our society has become a rape culture, in which we have accepted sexual violence as such a part of our society that we forget that it doesn’t have to be that way.  In this module, we will discuss the components of American society that encourages and excuses sexual violence, including music videos, advertisements, and accepted rape myths.

Learning outcome: Students will analyze American cultural messages surrounding sexual violence and recognize these messages in their everyday lives.

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Respect Through Understanding: Anatomy and Physiology

We learn about a lot of basic biology in high school: cardio system, nervous system, etc.  But we aren’t often taught about the reproductive system.  The Sexual Violence Prevention Education office expects that every UD student respects their own body, the bodies of others, and takes full responsibility of what they do with their body.  In order for this to be a fair expectation, we need to teach you how the body works, so that you know what you are taking responsibility for.  In this module, we will discuss basic male and female sexual anatomy, societal views and expectations around sexual anatomy, proper health care necessities, and how sexual violence affects male and female sexual anatomy.

Learning outcome: Students will recognize societal pressure around sexual anatomy and understand the effects of sexual assault.

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Supporting A Survivor

Most of us know someone who has experienced sexual violence – that person may even be ourselves.  So what do you do when your friend shares their story with you?  What do you say?  What does their experience look like compared to others?  How can you help them?  In this module, we will discuss how to have a supportive conversation with a friend who has been assaulted, what steps may be helpful to take immediately, what resources are available for both of you, language that may be helpful (for example, using “victim” vs “survivor”), and the healing process the survivor may likely experience.

Learning outcome: Students will review their own stereotypes about survivors of sexual violence, recall tips for supporting survivors, and recognize available resources.

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Technology: Looking Past the :)

Technology is everywhere!  So how does it affect our views toward sexual violence?  From online dating sites to Facebook stalking to the “UD Make Outs” Twitter page, technology, sexuality, and sexual violence are lifelong friends.  In this module, we will discuss the influence that technology has on sexual violence in the United States and how you can use technology to be safer.

Learning outcome: Students will consider the effects of using technology and how it may or may not affect their safety.

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Is there another conversation that you believe your organization would benefit from?  Contact us and let’s talk!  We will do our best to meet your requests.

Learning outcomes:  Will vary.

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