PREVENT

Violence Prevention

PREVENT is a group of students, staff and faculty that work to end relationship and sexualviolence through peer education. We use a bystander intervention model and believe that ending violence is everyone’s business. PREVENT is open to everyone and 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.

Do you want to know more about PREVENT?

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

  • Attend a PREVENT meeting Fall 2015 meeting times are Mondays at 3 pm in the Nebraska Union in the Student Involvement Suite (Room 200) Green Room.

  • 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 at UNL Prevent and on Twitter or Instagram at UNL_PREVENT

What is Stop the Sketch?

  • Raise awareness about sketchy behavior that could lead to sexual misconduct

  • Wear your Stop the Sketch wristband to show your support

  • Attend the Use Your Voice concert for Stop the Sketch give-aways, great raffle prizes to local businesses, and live music while raising money for Voices of Hope on Thursday, September 17, 2015

  • Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for details.

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