PREVENT

PREVENT is a group of students, staff, and faculty that work to end relationship and sexual violence through peer education. We believe that ending violence is everyone’s business! We teach Bystander Intervention techniques that can be applicable in multiple situations and empower others. PREVENT is open to everyone! We emphasize collaboration among all genders to end relationship and sexual violence.

What do PREVENT members do?

  • Practice interventions- Each meeting, we discuss our “bystander moments of the week”, moments where we or someone else intervened or could have intervened, in order to brainstorm more bystander intervention options.

  • Educate others about bystander intervention… We use the information we learn in PREVENT in presentations but also in informal settings, sharing accurate information about sexual and relationship violence and resources for victims or supportive others.

  • Know about resources for friends and classmates.

  • Plan events to increase awareness of relationship and sexual violence in our communities. Each year, PREVENT participates in Safe Quarters and Lincoln Slut Walk, and collaborate with OASIS, the Ethics Center, and others to create interesting events.

  • Make Change- Each person who learns how to intervene in relationship or sexual violence can teach others, transforming UNL into a national example of a safe campus community.

Why do students get involved with PREVENT?

  • Because they want to make UNL a safer place- 16% of UNL students who reported intervening when they saw someone being taken advantage of sexually said they did so because “It was the right thing to do” and “People should look out for each other.”

  • Because they have sisters, friends, and other people they care about- One in four women and one in 33 men are sexually assaulted in their lifetime.

  • Because they know a victim- Being involved in PREVENT tells people who have experienced sexual or relationship violence that you support them and that you speak out against victim blaming.

  • Because no one should have to be afraid of their romantic partner- 21% of college students report dating violence by their current partner and 32% by a previous partner.

  • Because we want to learn how to intervene in unsafe situations- 83% of UNL students said they wanted to learn how to safely intervene when they see someone being taken advantage of sexually.

  • Because we want to develop our speaking skills- PREVENT members did 58 presentations to over 3800 people between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. Our training plus plenty of opportunities = Great Experience.

How can you get involved?

  • Attend a bystander intervention training- (Contact the PREVENT coordinator for upcoming dates)

  • Attend a PREVENT meeting We meet Thursday’s 3 - 4pm in the Nebraska Union - Student Involvement Suite (Room 200) Green Room. Each week we discuss our “bystander moments of the week”, moments where we or someone else intervened or could have intervened, in order to brainstorm more bystander intervention options.

  • Bring PREVENT to your class, residence hall floor or RSO Read descriptions of PREVENT presentations and submit a request to bring PREVENT to your organization or class here

  • Attend events to increase awareness of relationship and sexual violence in our communities. Each year, PREVENT participates in Safe Quarters and Lincoln Slut Walk, and collaborates with OASIS, the Ethics Center, and others to create interesting events.

  • Follow us- on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram at @UNLPREVENT

How To Use Your Voice?

In the spring of 2014, a campus-wide survey showed that 95% of students were extremely bothered by someone being taken advantage of. When participants were asked how much they thought it bothered other students, 73% of participants agreed that other students were equally bothered. This means 22% of participants truly thought that they were outliers, that they were the only ones extremely bothered by someone being taken advantage of. It makes sense, because so often we don’t talk about these things. When a conversation is started, though, those people will feel more empowered to intervene in negative situations, knowing that everyone else is on their side. It’s time to start the dialogue.

There are so many ways to prevent sexual assault. Using your own voice is the most direct way to intervene, but this doesn't always mean confronting the perpetrator head on by yourself. You could team up with a friend, alert an authority, or just talk with the potential victim to see how they’re feeling. There are endless ways to safely and appropriately intervene, and that’s what the Use Your Voice campaign is all about. Although we would love for you to attend a Prevent meeting or have a bystander training night at your organization, taking the time to listen and/or contribute to the many voices of this campaign already adds to your knowledge of bystander intervention.

Associate Director

Jan Deeds

340 Nebraska Union

(402) 472-2598

jdeeds1@unl.edu

PREVENT Coordinator

Rae Thomas

340 Nebraska Union

(402) 472-2597

prevent@unl.edu