A working group of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) faculty and staff began meeting in June, 2009 to develop and implement a comprehensive sexual violence/dating violence prevention program. Our goal is to design a program that fosters a campus climate in which sexual violence directed at any member of the Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) community will not be tolerated.
Research shows that programs which successfully combat sexual violence have grown away from the traditional model that holds women responsible for curbing sexual violence by altering their behavior. Progressive sexual violence prevention programs enlist all students – male and female – in changing the campus climate, creating a safe place for all students, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Toward that end, the group is launching a series of programs designed to help students and their friends stay safe. Everyone plays a vital role in the campus community. Whatever the circumstances, no one asks or deserves to be sexually assaulted.