Being Our Brothers' and Sisters' Keepers
The Initiative (VPI)
The Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) began as a grassroots movement, driven by students, to address violence in a constructive and more comprehensive way. It has become a means to bring the Notre Dame community together, united in providing support for survivors of violence and creating a culture where such violence is not permitted.
VPI aims to:
- Raise awareness about violence in the local community
- Increase understanding about global violence
- Promote the healing of survivors of violence
- Serve as a flagship for violence prevention programming on Catholic campuses
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RElationship Violence Awareness Month
As one component of the Violence Prevention Initiative, Relationship Violence Awareness Month at Notre Dame is intended to:
- Increase awareness that sexual assault, dating and domestic violence and stalking affect members of the Notre Dame community;
- Support survivors of all forms of interpersonal violence;
- Educate students about prevention strategies and available resources for survivors and their allies;
- Build a community of healing at Notre Dame
Education & Training
Mission, Community and Resource Seminars for 1st-year Students
Here to Support
Appointed annually by the Vice President for Student Affairs, Notre Dame’s Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention (CSAP) offers advice and guidance to the Office of Student Affairs on how to assist and support victims of sexual assault. It facilitates collaboration and communication among the different departments and student groups working to address sexual violence and spearheads a variety of rape education/prevention initiatives.
- THE FIRST SEMESTER IS THE MOST DANGEROUS TIME IN A COLLEGE CAREER. College students, especially first-year women, are most at risk to experience rape or sexual assault from the first day of school until Thanksgiving.
- ALCOHOL IS THE #1 DATE-RAPE DRUG ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES. In the majority of reported cases of rape or sexual assault, one or both people were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the assault.
- ALCOHOL AND SEXUAL CONTACT SHOULD NEVER MIX. Intoxication is not an excuse for failure to obtain consent. A person incapacitated by alcohol is incapable of giving consent.
- ATTIRE DOES NOT INDICATE A PLAN FOR THE EVENING. No matter what someone chooses to wear, it is never justification for unwanted sexual activity.
- RAPE ON A COLLEGE CAMPUS IS NOT ALWAYS A STRANGER JUMPING OUT OF THE BUSHES. College students are more likely to be assaulted by an acquaintance, which means that the person perpetrating the assault could be part of the campus community.
- WE CAN BE PART OF THE SOLUTION. If perpetrators of acquaintance rape are typically members of our own community, every student has the ability to be an active bystander who can intervene to prevent this crime.
- BE FAMILIAR WITH THE SEXUAL ASSAULT POLICY AT NOTRE DAME. Check out more details.
- KNOW YOUR 24/7 RESOURCES.
Men Against Sexual Violence was founded on the idea that men must be role models in society and hold other men accountable for their behavior. For too long, rape and sexual assault have been pigeonholed as “women’s issues” when in fact MEN commit the vast majority of these crimes.
MASV believes that men just hear some things better from other men. We are a group of men committed to spreading our message to average men, from average men. This has gone on too long, gentlemen, and as men, we are in a terrific position to stop rape. It is not enough to say, “Well I don’t rape women, so this isn’t my problem.” It is your problem. Every woman in the world is someone’s daughter, possibly a sister or mother. Think of your own family. It is our responsibility to end violence against women.
Know that you are not alone, so if you have questions, please contact us.