ABERDEEN, S.D. – Since its start, Northern State University’s AWAREwolves has educated students on alcohol and other hard-hitting topics. This fall, the student organization will include sexual violence prevention.
One goal is to increase the number of students, particularly men, involved with sexual violence prevention while discouraging sexist and objectifying remarks. Another goal is to prevent victim-blaming and decrease behavior that enables sexual violence.
Planned campaigns will address issues including consent, victim-blaming, language and intervention.
As part of an effort to prevent sexual violence, AWAREwolves recently gathered student volunteers at the NSU Student Activities Fair. Students held signs that urged asking for consent before engaging in any sexual activity. More than 90 students, as well as faculty and staff members, participated in the campaign.
The NSU Counseling Center also is part of the effort, focusing on local middle and high schools. NSU Multicultural Director Peni Mounga and Presentation College professor Dr. Thom Flamboe were trained as presenters in the national “Can I Kiss You?” curriculum, key messages of which are asking first, bystander intervention techniques and opening the door to sexual assault survivors. "Can I Kiss You" is designed to offer affordable and effective programming on dating, intimacy, safety, bystander intervention and sexual assault.
For more information, contact the NSU Counseling Center at 605-626-2371. For more information about the NSU AWAREwolves projects or to see campaign photos, find the AWAREwolves on Facebook
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