Student Activism and Prevention Initiatives
What will it take to create safe schools for all students? How can we hold educational institutions - and the systems they work with - accountable for adopting and implementing strong sexual assault policies and prevention programming? Is there a role for school alumnae?
JDI and our member programs support student activism and collaborate with both students and administrators to address these issues. JDI's statewide Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Camapign is one way we engage campuses to shift the norms that foster and support rape culture. Here are some national and Massachusetts resources.
It’s On Us
Created by The White House (2014) to change the culture around campus sexual assault, this campaign focuses on inviting people to take a pledge to be an active bystander in this work. The website contains tips for preventing sexual assault and videos from celebrities and laypeople.
Know Your IX
Started by students, this national survivor-run, student-driven activist organization has created a network of survivors and concerned students working to end campus sexual violence, improving campus responses and state and federal laws regarding sexual violence, and educating students about their civil rights and empowering them to take action for safety and equality on campus.
Love is Respect
Loveisrespect’s mission is to engage, educate and empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships. Highly-trained peer advocates offer support, information and advocacy to young people who have questions or concerns about their dating relationships. They also provide information and support to concerned friends and family members, teachers, counselors, service providers and members of law enforcement. Free and confidential phone, live chat and texting services are available 24-hours a day every day of the year.
Men Can Stop Rape
Men Can STOP Rape provides specialized training to equip professionals with the skills necessary to engage men in the primary prevention of gender-based violence. The program, "Comprehensive Initiative to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking" on Campus Program is designed to teach participants about the relationship between healthy masculinity and violence prevention.
The Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University offers two innovative programs that address violence prevention using the Bystander Approach: Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) and Project Teamwork (PTW). MVP is a member program of Jane Doe Inc.
Created by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), this website includes a toolkit for advocates, campus personnel, students and allies. You’ll find fact sheets, action steps, brochures, posters, videos and more.
Started by Columbia University students in 2000, SAFER facilitates student-led organizing through a comprehensive training manual; in-person workshops and trainings; free follow-up mentoring; a Campus Sexual Assault Policies Database; and a growing online resource library and network for student organizers.