Sexual violence prevention starts here and it starts with you!
There are many ways to get involved in sexual violence prevention at Keene State College from peer education initiatives to bystander intervention to sexual violence prevention theater and beyond. Look through the programs below to see how you can get involved today! Interested in learning more about a particular topic area related to sexual violence prevention or response? Visit our Request a Training page to learn more about (and request one of) our exciting educational programs.
Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Peer Educators
Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) is an award-winning peer education program coordinated by The Wellness Center. The MVP peer educators conduct events and programs throughout campus in res halls, with Athletics teams, fraternities and sororities and in classrooms. Any student interested in helping MVP with it’s mission, “Students Helping Students End Sexual Violence,” is welcome to contact the MVP Advisor Forrest Seymour (firstname.lastname@example.org, 603-358-2047) or fill out the online application. To request a program for your class or organization or to get more information go to the MVP Program Request Form. And please join the MVP Facebook page.
Sexual Assault & Violence Education (SAVE) Committee
The SAVE Committee is open to all KSC community members and works in collaboration with the MCVP: Crisis & Prevention Center. Together we plan and coordinate sexual violence prevention & education events throughout the year including for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October and Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. These events include the “Shoutout Against Sexual Assault,” “Silent Witnesses” and more. Open meetings take place on Mondays at noon via Zoom, as of Fall 2021. Please contact Forrest Seymour (email@example.com, 603-358-2047) for more information.
“No Zebras, No Excuses” Sexual Violence Prevention Theater Initiative
“No Zebras, No Excuses” is a peer-to-peer theater project designed to educate and train first year students in how to recognize and prevent sexual violence in their lives & community by focusing on empowering bystanders. The term “No Zebras” refers to not allowing ourselves to be inactive bystanders to violence. No Zebras was originally developed by Steve Thompson and the Sexual Aggression Peer Advocates at Central Michigan University, then thoroughly customized to the KSC campus and culture for the 2009 First Year Orientation. For more information contact Forrest Seymour at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Spring 2022, Keene State College will begin implementing the highly interactive, researched and evaluated Bringing in the Bystander® Prevention Program on campus. More details to come! For more information, contact Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Grant Director and Sexual Violence Prevention Specialist Megan Grove at email@example.com.
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Wellness Center – Wellness Promotion
The Wellness Promotion Team coordinates all outreach, education, and prevention services. Topics include:
- Thrive@KSC: Emotional Empowerment in the Age of COVID Campaign
- Physical Wellbeing
- Emotional Health
- Substance Use, Misuse and Addiction
- Behavioral Addictions & Disorders
- Sexual Health
- Sexual Violence Prevention
Students, faculty, and staff are invited to request programs and/or consultations on these topics and more. The Wellness Promotion Team is always happy to consider new and creative requests. Contact the Wellness Promotion Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.