Sexual misconduct prevention and education cannot exist in a vacuum. How we construct our social lives - the rules, the norms, our beliefs, our expectations, our skills, the permission we give others – all of this is where sexual misconduct lives. In order to talk about the worst attitudes and behaviors, we need to talk about all behaviors and attitudes.
Education and prevention work must be multi-faceted. By understanding the culture, we meet our audience where they are and bring them slowly and deliberately to a place of accountability and care for others. We offer these workshops to engage students to examine their social lives in ways they haven’t before. We can also design a workshop for you on any social subject of interest.
Tufts’ Green Dot Programming focuses on examining what in our culture allows sexual misconduct to exist on our campus and how to respond accordingly. It takes a very pro-active view of doing something every day to change our environment so perpetrators of sexual violence know this behavior is not welcome and violates our campus policy. Taking a strong stand by dedicating games, shows, events to Green Dot raises awareness but also gives our campus an active role in showing our support for survivors and our persistence & strength to make our campus safer.
In addition, Tufts Green Dot focuses on increasing our individual ability to interrupt behaviors that create a dangerous and hostile environment for all. Tufts Green Dot trainings focus on the Tufts social culture and unpacks different observed behaviors that students could interrupt based on their safety, personality and comfort level. There are many different options and the trainings explore the options and choices available.
Bystander Intervention is a 2 hour training that can be done in 2 one hour workshops or combined in a two hour workshop. The first hour looks at the social culture at Tufts focusing on perceptions versus facts; what social rules are in place; and hook up culture. The second session focuses on what we can do to be better friends and members of Tufts community. What options do I have if I am shy or scared to intervene? We review the 3 categories of responses that actively work to change our community.
Tufts Sex Health is an essential component to sexual assault prevention. By creating a comprehensive sex education curriculum, we focus on the key skills of gaining consent, respecting boundaries and healthy communication. Our sex health programming goal is to help foster a culture that creates space for healthy sexuality, sex positivity and disclosures of sexual violence.
Tufts’ sex positivity focuses on a student’s right to have agency of their own sexuality; to feel comfortable in their own body; and, to accept and learn about other sexualities.