Sexual violence is a problem at colleges and universities across the country, including Marquette. Professionals university wide are working collaboratively to ensure the campus community is aware of how sexual violence impacts our community.
When we talk about what you can do to stop sexual violence, we often use the word prevention. While we would all like to prevent sexual violence, it is helpful to understand the difference between prevention and risk reduction.
People can prevent sexual assault by not sexually assaulting someone else, or intervene when an acquaintance is potentially going to engage in non-consensual behavior.
Risk reduction is making decisions that will increase the odds of keeping you and your friends safe, like staying in groups when you're going out, drinking responsibly and communicating clearly.
To be clear, if a person drinks too much, or is not among a group of friends, and is assaulted, they are not blamed for the crime. Regardless of what someone is wearing or how much they drank, that person did not cause or ask to be raped.
Preventing sexual violence is only accomplished by teaching potential perpetrators not to commit the crime. However, it is important to teach potential victims risk reduction strategies to lower the likelihood that they will become targets of the crime.
Marquette’s prevention efforts are focused on helping students and staff gain knowledge and awareness about sexual violence: