Sexual Assault

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Sexual Violence Action Committee

The Sexual Violence Action Committee (SVAC) connects students and groups interested in working on sexual violence issues by providing training, collaborative programming and works in partnership with the Sexual Violence Resource Coordinator, Alysha B. Warren, to organize campus education and prevention events. Rachel Verner, the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Intern coordinates the group. If you are interested in joining the committee, contact Rachel at (rverner@wesleyan.edu) or call 860.685.4673.

WEconSent Sexual Violence Organizing Series

CAPS offers an 8 week sexual violence organizing training series that prepares students to organize and lead programming on campus that is survivor informed and survivor centered. The training provides an overview of sexual violence, effective organizing principles, best practices in sexual violence education and helps students build facilitation skills to navigate emotionally difficult discussions and empowers them to become active bystanders.  If you would like to participate, contact Alysha B. Warren, LPC at 860.685.3217 or awarren@wesleyan.edu. Reference “WEconSent Organizing Series” in the subject line. Training begins during the week of September 16th. 

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Join WEconSent on Facebook to learn more about events on campus that focus on sexual violence prevention. 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: "It Happened Here: Stories of Survival, Intervention and Response"

Share your story with Wes' new zine that features stories about students' experiences with sexual violence. Submit poetry, artwork, bystander intervention success stories and personal narratives to the WEconSent blog or submit to awarren@wesleyan.edu. All submissions will be published anonymously.

Student Organizations

WesWELL Peer Health Advocates
A group of trained peer health educators who address a variety of health issues relevant to Wesleyan students, including sexual violence prevention and sexual health issues. Click here to learn more and apply online.

WSA-Recognized Student Organizations
Contact the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) for current contact information on these student groups. Many groups also table and recruit new members at the annual Student Activities Fair, held in mid-September.

  • Take Back the Night Planning Committee 
  • Students for Consent and Communication
  • ASHA – Adolescent and Sexual Health Awareness

Bystander Intervention

WE Speak, WE Stand, Wesleyan's Community of Care program, aims to create a campus that is actively engaged in the prevention of sexual assault and advocates for the responsible use of alcohol. The goal of the program is to empower bystanders to intervene in high risk situations involving alcohol use and those involving sexual assault. Empowered bystanders create a safer community by standing up and speaking out when they witness situations that could potentially harm the health and safety of others. Intervening with peers can be challenging for a number of reasons and training will provide you with the skills to move from inaction to action and intervene safely and effectively. The We Speak, We Stand bystander intervention training features two separate and distinct tracks: sexual assault prevention and alcohol use. For more information about the next training, contact Alysha B. Warren, LPC, Therapist/Sexual Violence Resource Coordinator (awarren@wesleyan.edu) or Tanya Purdy, Director of WesWell (tpurdy@wesleyan.edu). Reference "We Speak, We Stand Training" in the subject line. 

“WE Speak, WE Stand" is also the name of the monologues performed each year during New Student Orientation regarding sexual violence and alcohol use. These skits are coordinated by WesWELL, the Office of Health Education. Please visit their website to learn more.