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Stand Up to Violence

Help prevent assaults

Whether we're speaking about domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking, interpersonal violence affects numerous college students, faculty, and staff. We don't have to stand by and accept it as part of the university experience, however. We must Stand Up! to interpersonal violence, and the first step is understanding consent. What is consent, exactly? We're glad you asked.

Consent: A brief tutorial

Cooperation is not consent

The absence of a "No" does not mean "Yes." Consent requires ongoing, clear, and consistent communication between sexual partners. Don't assume consent has been given. Ask! And check back once in a while to ensure that consent is mutual.  

Alcohol and consent

Consent is legally impossible if one' blood alcohol content (BAC) has reached the legal limit (State of WI .08%). Since 75% of sexual assaults on college campuses involve alcohol, it's best not to engage in sexual contact when one's level of intoxication is unknown or in question. 

Authority and consent

Consent is legally impossible when one person holds authority over the other. Such established relationships contain underlying vulnerabilities, and consent cannot be legally given or requested

Violence can occur among multiple individuals, a few individuals, or interpersonally. Be an active bystander by intervening in situations, such as getting help from resources and reporting acts of violence. The videos below demonstrating standing up to stop violence involves everyone, so we can have a positive community.

You can help prevent sexual assault before it happens, by creating a distraction or asking direct questions. People often feel nervous to intervene because they don't know what to do, they don't want to cause a scene, or think it's none of their business. The resource below gives you ideas to distract someone and help out if you feel that someone is in trouble.

Steps you can take to prevent violence (RAINN)

Students enjoying an early spring in Feb. 2017

Stand Up to alcohol abuse

Know the signs of alcohol poisoning and how to avoid potentially dangerous situations. Your knowledge for yourself or intervening for a friend or stranger can be lifesaving.

Know the risks
UW-Eau Claire's Centennial Hall

Stand UP to depression

We can all experience times of feeling down, but that little voice that tells you someone you know or love is in a deep depression and needs help is right--listen to that voice. Be the help they need.

Be the hand the helps
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Stop bias and bullying

Our campus is no place for bias and bullying behavior, and we need the help of all students to be ready and willing to jump in and respond to these negative behaviors if they witness them. Find out how to get the tools to do so.

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