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WE Speak, WE Stand aims to create a community that is actively engaged in the prevention of sexual assault, relationship violence 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, sexual assault and relationship violence. Empowered bystanders make the campus community safer 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.

You can view this slideshow for an introduction to the We Speak We Stand program.

We Speak We Stand is a Wesleyan specific bystander intervention program which is evidence informed and follows best practices.  We Speak We Stand was created based on research that indicates that the most effective programming is part of an ongoing ecological framework for change instead of a one-time programming event.  The comprehensive We Speak We Stand program includes:

Trainings for Residence Life Staff and Orientation Leaders

First Year Orientation Performance

Supplemental Workshops

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Assess your barriers to intervening take a moment to answer these questions about bystander intervention and the barriers that may prevent you from intervening in a given situation.

Campus Wide Traingings

  • Comprehensive Campus Wide Training - The first training features two distinct and separate tracks: sexual assault prevention and alcohol use intervention.  More information and registration can be found HERE.  Register by by 12 noon on February 6th for the Spring 2014 training.  Training is held every semester to check back for more information about upcoming trainings.

•Skills Enhancement - This session will serve as a check in for participants who have already gone through the WeSpeak WeStand Bystander Training as they progress in using their new skill set. It is an opportunity to practice and brainstorm the skills participants have found to be particularly difficult to use and will also provide time for sharing intervention success stories in order to empower one another.  Check back for Spring 2014 training dates.