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Awareness, Prevention, Intervention, and Culture Change

The list and information below describes some of the many programs we offer during the academic year.  As noted, we are always happy to tailor a program to meet your needs.  A list of our upcoming scheduled programs may be found on our Facebook page and in Anchor Link.

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Programs Offered Periodically and Available Upon Request

During the 2021-22 academic year, some of the programs below may be offered online.

Preventing Sexual Assault Online Module
As part of Vanderbilt’s ongoing efforts to enhance awareness of the university’s initiatives and resources to prevent power-based personal violence, incoming students are required to complete Understanding Sexual Assault, a 60-minute interactive module. Preventing Sexual Assault educates students about the types of interpersonal violence, prevention strategies including bystander intervention, as well as relevant laws, policies, warning signs, and campus resources.

Bystander Intervention Training
Vanderbilt’s bystander intervention curriculum is an inclusive, comprehensive approach to violence prevention that addresses barriers and opportunities for intervention across all levels of the socioecological model. Informed by social change theory, the model targets all community members as potential bystanders, and seeks to engage them, through awareness, education, and skills-practice, in proactive behaviors that establish intolerance of violence as the norm, as well as reactive interventions in high-risk situations – resulting in the reduction of violence.  Project Safe offers training sessions that range from 30 minutes up to 3 hours. Contact us to learn more about what type of bystander training is right for your cohort, organization, unit, or department.

Sexual Harassment Prevention Workshop
Learn what constitutes sexual harassment, debunk myths and misinformation relevant to identifying and preventing sexual harassment in the academic environment, and develop skills to address sexual harassment whether happening to you or others.  For faculty and staff versions of this workshop, we will also review your reporting requirements as mandatory reporters. Contact to learn more.

Assertiveness Training
The Director of Project Safe offers assertiveness training for individuals and small groups.  Assertiveness training may help a person set and maintain boundaries, resist unwanted advances, and actively intervene to prevent or disrupt sexual misconduct occurring around them. Email for more information or to request a program.

The Escalation Workshop (Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention)
The Escalation Workshop, developed by the One Love foundation, is a 90-minute workshop consisting of a video and facilitated discussion on the topic of relationship violence. Participants will learn about the prevalence and warning signs of dating violence and how to support a friend. Learn more about Team One Love and the Escalation workshop:

Rooted in Resilience Support Group
Offered in collaboration with the University Counseling Center, Rooted in Resilience is a recurring support group designed for students impacted by intimate partner violence. This group is intended to provide a supportive environment for survivors. Time is spent sharing experiences, challenges associated with trauma, and gaining tools and knowledge as students work toward healing. Contact to learn more.

Identifying Students in Distress (for Faculty & Staff)
Project Safe, the Office of Wellness Programs & Alcohol Education, and the University Counseling Center have partnered to offer this training to help faculty and staff learn how to identify and support students in distress, who may have or be experiencing power-based personal violence, need support related to substance abuse or mental health. To request this presentation, email

Yoga for Trauma Survivors
In collaboration with the University Counseling Center and the Center for Student Wellbeing, Project Safe offers this 90-minute program for Survivors of Trauma. The first 30 minutes will be an informative session about the ways trauma impacts the body and the benefits of yoga practice. The last hour will be an opportunity for students to practice newly learned skills. Students of all levels are welcome to join.Contact to learn more.  Sign up via Anchor Link.

Effective Consent Programming
Project Safe offers a variety of programs designed to help students better understand effective consent.  We are available to serve as speakers, panelists, moderators, or facilitators for programs and events in the residence halls and working with interested students and student organizations.  Recent programs include Sex Ed & Healthy Relationships Trivia Night, the ‘I Mustache You for Consent’ card campaign, and participation in men’s health fairs and campus safety programs.  Email for more information or to request a program.

Supporting a Survivor
Project Safe provides information in a variety of formats to those interested in learning how to better support those who have experienced sexual and intimate partner violence.  We are happy to meet with individual students, groups of students. or student organizations to discuss what appropriate and constructive support looks like in the immediate aftermath of an incident, in the weeks following an assault, and over time. Email for more information or to request a program.

The Language of Violence
Project Safe offers this program to help students think critically about common phrases, slang terms, and/or expressions that are violent in nature and contribute to a culture that finds violent, sexualized language appropriate. Participants will be able to identify what spaces/environments this kind of language exists and recognize what cultures support it.  This program helps students develop skills for talking with family members or friends when they use language that is potentially harmful. Email for more information or to request a program.

Actionable Next Steps
Project Safe offers the Actionable Next Steps workshop for students and organizations who are ready to move beyond awareness-raising to engaging in the work of changing our culture. Participants will be shown specific examples of the different kinds of campaigns and learn about their effectiveness in different communities. Participants will begin to think critically about the ways in which action campaigns, or simply actions are important when addressing rape culture and violent language. Students will learn how actions are essential when understanding culture change and the prevention movement. Email for more information or to request a program.

Creating Healthy Boundaries
Project Safe offers its Creating Healthy Boundaries program in order to help students begin to think critically about their own boundaries (physical, emotional, and sexual) and how to hear and understand others’ boundaries.  Students will learn how to speak clearly about their own boundaries and how boundaries may vary from person to person and may change over time. Participants will hopefully begin to identify boundary-setting as self-care.  Email for more information or to request a program.

Stalking Awareness and Prevention
Project Safe offers a variety of programs designed to help students better recognize, prevent, or address stalking. Students will learn the active bystander challenge in distinguishing between healthy or consensual relationship behaviors and those amounting to harassment, stalking, or control. Participants will learn about tracking features and privacy controls in popular apps and social media and about available on and off-campus resources for those impacted by stalking. Students will engage in exercises designed to develop conversational strategies for checking in with friends, peers, and family members who may be experiencing stalking. Email for more information or to request a program.

Alcohol and Consent
Project Safe recognizes that alcohol consumption is a contributing factor in the prevalence of acquaintance-based assault affecting today’s college students.  While many Project Safe programs include education around the role drugs and alcohol may play in the commission of sexual violence, this program offers a more in depth examination of the interplay between alcohol consumption and the ability to provide or obtain effective consent.  Email for more information or to request a program.

Survivor Self-Care 
In this workshop, students will learn about the neurobiology of trauma and the ways in which the brain and body are affected by the experience of sexual violence.  Students will learn about the diverse responses of trauma survivors and will develop self-assessment skills, including learning about the benefits and considerations to keep in mind when engaging as a survivor-activist.  Email for more information or to request a program.

What is Rape Culture?
The term “rape culture” is commonly used online and in social media.  Students will explore what constitutes “rape culture,” how to define it, and how victim-blaming and sexual shaming perpetuate the norms and practices of a culture in which sexual violence is common.  Email for more information or to request a program.

Understanding Coercion
This program helps students gain a thorough understand of what coercion is and how it plays a role in the commission of sexual assault and dating and domestic violence.  Students will examine a spectrum of coercive behaviors that occur in unhealthy relationships and will leave being able to identify the available University resources and support available for those in unhealthy and/or abusive relationships.  Email for more information or to request a program.

Reducing Slut-shaming and Victim-Blaming
Designed for students or organizations, this workshop helps students identify the harmful language and responses that reduce support for survivors on college campuses.  Participants will explore how these tactics harmfully employ gender norms and develop strategies to counter slut-shaming and victim-blaming in campus culture. Email for more information or to request a program.

Sexploitation: Sexting, Coercion, and Consent
Often, those experiencing pressure and intimidation around the use or non-consensual distribution of pictures, videos, or other images do not know where to turn and do not understand the laws and policies available to help.  This program helps participants better understand the consent expectations as consent relates to the use of technology, the ways in which the misuse of technology can be connected to issues of coercion and consent, and the ways in which alcohol and other substances may impact a person’s ability to provide consent to the use of technology in sexual or romantic encounters. Participants will also learn strategies for talking to and supporting those who may be impacted by these forms of sexploitation. Email for more information or to request a program.

R.A.D. Self-Defense Program
The Vanderbilt University Police Department offers the Rape Aggression Defense System program, which teaches realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. The RAD System is dedicated to teaching defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault, by utilizing easy, effective and proven self-defense/martial arts tactics. The program aims to provide participants with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance.

Customized Programs
Project Safe staff are happy to help design a program for your office, department, student organization, residence hall, professional association, and more.  We regularly present on timely issues of local and national significance.  We are also available to provide a victim advocate for appropriate programs occurring within the VU community. Email for more information or to request a program.