Center for Women and Returning Adults

Sexual Violence Prevention Program

What is the Sexual Violence Prevention Project?

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.

  • Overall, sexual assault is the most under-reported of all crimes;
  •  Just 10 percent of all incidents are reported to police;
  • One in five college women will be raped during their college careers;
  •  Less than 5 percent of attempted or completed rapes on campuses are reported to law enforcement officials;
  •  Men can also be victims of assault, sexual violence and harassment.

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.