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Campus Prevention

In this issue of Partners in Social Change, we examine some of the programs, approaches, and resources that exist for sexual violence prevention on campuses. Much of what is happening across campuses and being promoted at the national level is designed to raise awareness that sexual violence is happening, reduce risks for potential victims, improve services and response to victims, and potentially stop isolated incidences of violence. We begin by reviewing considerations and resources. Then we hear from Jaclyn Friedman about the pitfalls of traditional rape prevention programming. As always, we highlight what is happening here in our state, this time through interviews from three Washington State campuses that are building relationships with their communities in order to strengthen efforts to prevent violence and support students. Next, we share overviews of new technological tools—Hollaback's campus initiative and Circle of 6—which are using apps and websites to break the silence and offer resources for dealing with campus sexual violence. Finally, we propose questions to continue the discussion using an anti-oppression framework and share related resources available in the WCSAP library.

We hope this issue provides helpful considerations and tools for those working to end campus sexual violence. We welcome feedback at prevention@wcsap.org.

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Reviewed: December 2nd, 2016