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Jags Take ACTION Against Sexual Violence

Awareness Campaign for Training to Intervene, Observe and Notify

Announcement: See our 7 Bystander Tips!

Want to Participate in the Campaign? Read our Campaign Design. View our Campaign Achievements. Learn How to Help. And sign up to Stay Updated on the Campaign.

The UHV Title IX & Equal Opportunity Office provides education and resources to help Jags Take ACTION Against Sexual Violence.

ACTION is an Awareness Campaign for Training to Intervene, Observe and Notify.

Sexual violence includes stalking, dating or domestic violence, sexual assault, exploitation, harassment or bullying based on sex (gender as well as sexual orientation, identity and expression) and more.

ACTION promotes safe & positive bystander behaviors. ACTION trains UHV community members to recognize signs of sexual violence, intervene safely, and report signs that they have observed to get help.

ACTION goes beyond campus services to help UHV community members connect with off-campus service providers, hotlines, hospitals, legal support and law enforcement. For a list of off-campus service providers and hotlines, visit Off Campus Resources.

The Jags Take ACTION Campaign Design Currently Includes:

  • Production of awareness posters and visual materials for year round campus anti-violence campaigns.
  • Production of educational videos and material for online learning.
  • Interactive Training for UHV students, staff and faculty on national trends, case studies, safe bystander intervention, available services and reporting options.
  • Bystander initiatives to re-enforce positive bystander behaviors.
  • Support for students in their future careers to recognize, report and combat sexual violence. Training emphasizes application of skills in K-12 education, healthcare, law enforcement, counseling and any affected industries.

Jags Take ACTION 2017-2018 Achievements:

  • Trained over 600 UHV employees including faculty, staff and student workers. Training is 60-90 minutes in small group settings with videos, examples and interactive exercises.
  • Trained over 350 freshman seminar students in small group sessions with interactive discussion of warning signs, positive bystander behaviors and options to get help.
  • Provided two trainings (11 sessions total) as well as campus safety cards to all students at Jag Journey and Jag Day summer orientations. Training included 20 minutes covering campus policies and services as well as 30 minutes on the “411 for Campus Safety.”
  • Designed a freshman seminar online training module to focus on campus services.

Want to Help?

If you are a faculty member or department leader, you can schedule a training for your class or group. If you are a student leader, you can help student organizations participate in these efforts. Just contact the Title IX & Equal Opportunity Coordinator to get started.

To support these efforts, please also consider a donation to the ACTION Fund to Eliminate Sexual Violence. The ACTION fund supports the efforts of the UHV Title IX Office to provide education on issues of sexual violence and to promote ACTION (Awareness Campaign for Training to Intervene, Observe and Notify) and similar campaigns. These efforts:

  • Train UHV community members to recognize signs of sexual violence.
  • Promote safe & positive bystander behaviors.
  • Provide ideas for safe intervention and safety planning.
  • Encourage reports (to the Title IX Office, UHV Counseling Center, campus police, or other service providers).
  • Support students in their future careers to combat sexual violence in all of its forms.

How to Stay Updated

For updates on the campaign, please complete our contact form or contact the Title IX & Equal Opportunity Coordinator.

Campaign updates may include:

  • Information on training initiatives,
  • New educational materials,
  • Outreach on anti-violence topics, and
  • Announcements of awards or recognitions.

7 Bystander Intervention Tips:

Always call 911 in an emergency.

Active Bystanders (do only if you are safe):

  1. Say something. Make it clear that violence is unacceptable.
  2. Create a distraction. Divert the negative behavior.
  3. Provide an opportunity for the targeted person to get away safely.
  4. Call for help (Security, UHV Staff, Resident Assistants, etc.) or find peers to help diffuse the situation.

Passive Bystanders (do all of these):

  1. Offer your support to the targeted person.
  2. Find allies and make a safety plan to prevent future violence.
  3. Report after the fact so the targeted person can be offered support services.