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Rape and other Sexual Violence (SV) Prevention

Sexual Violence (SV) refers to sexual activity where consent is not obtained or freely given. Anyone can experience SV, but most victims are female. The person responsible for the violence is typically male and is usually someone known to the victim. The person can be, but is not limited to, a friend, coworker, neighbor, or family member.

There are many types of SV. Not all include physical contact between the victim and the perpetrator (person who harms someone else) – for example, sexual harassment, threats, and peeping. Other SV, including unwanted touching and rape, includes physical contact. www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention

Our Philosophy

In order to address complex behaviors with multiple causes, such as rape and other sexual violence, we have to address many factors, including:

The Importance of Consent

Consent for any sexual activity is the centerpiece for preventing sexual coercion and unwanted sexual behavior. Our definition of consent is... Affirmative consent is a knowing, voluntary, and mutual decision among all participants to engage in sexual activity. Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create clear permission regarding willingness to engage in the sexual activity. Silence or lack of resistance, in and of itself, does not demonstrate consent. The definition of consent does not vary based upon a participant's sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.


UB Partnerships for Violence Prevention

Crisis Services' Advocate Program is made up of people who extend understanding and support to survivors of sexual assault. A 24-hour hotline is available at 716.834.3131. Call anytime day or night for live support, or learn more at www.crisisservices.org External Site Link Icon

Resources for Faculty/Staff

Staff Protocol

In an effort to provide an appropriate and coordinated response to campus victims of sexual assault, this protocol, resource listing, and proxy reporting process have been established. Developed in consultation with various university units, this protocol provides staff persons, to whom an assault may be reported, an opportunity to respond in a manner designed to best serve victim's needs and meet institutional responsibilities. This protocol should be used in conjunction with campus sexual assault policy and individual unit procedures.

Faculty Guide

Finding a way to integrate violence prevention into your course curriculum or lesson plans this semester just got easier with this handy toolkit: PDF (155KB) | Word (73KB)


We offer workshops for students, including:

  • Relationship Jeopardy
  • Gender Matters
  • Telling Our Story
  • Bystander Intervention Training
  • How to Help a Sexual Assault Survivor
  • Let's Get it On: The What's, Why's and How's of Consent
  • You + Me =? An Open Discussion About Relationships

Bring a workshop to your class or student group! Use our online program request form.

The more individuals are informed and involved‚ the closer we can come to a violence free campus. Each of our programs is provided by the Violence Prevention Specialist and/or highly trained Health & Wellness Educators (Men's Group or Alliance).

Opportunities for Students

There is no single thing that any one of us can do to prevent rape and sexual assault, but by each of us taking a small step we can bring about a big change.

Getting involved is the best way possible to be a part of a massive social change effort to make our campus safer! We need every student at UB to be a part of this movement. Learn ways that you can make a difference:

  • Small steps you can do
  • Student Violence Prevention Groups are for men and women students at UB working together to end sexual violence. Get involved with one or both of our groups today!
    • The Men's Group - The Men's Group provides training, presentations, and awareness raising events with a focus on men as allies in preventing sexual violence.
    • The Student Survivor Advocacy Alliance - The Alliance unites survivors of sexual assault with allies at UB to take a stand against rape, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence.


Background Information

While sexual assault primarily affects young women (1 in 4), they are not the only targets. Men (1 in 6), individuals with disabilities, members of cultural and religious minority groups, and lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered individuals also experience sexual and other violent assaults and face increased barriers to reporting their victimization.

National statistics have estimated that one-in-four college women are sexually assaulted. Even though many institutions officially report zero sexual assault crimes each year; sexual assault is known to be an underreported crime. Studies have consistently shown that most perpetrators are friends, acquaintances, or someone known to the victim.

Because of the known prevalence of sexual violence among college students, it is essential that we establish a comprehensive rape and other violence prevention program. In order to build a campus wide effort the following principles will be utilized:

  • Work to change campus norms that might contribute to the acceptability of acquaintance rape
  • Work to challenge rape-myths
  • Provide comprehensive services for victims of sexual violence
  • Use a variety of approaches to reach as many students as possible with education and services
  • Reduce high risk student drinking
  • Involve stakeholders from the entire campus community
  • Work with female and male students, in gender specific and mixed groups, to educate peers about rape and sexual assault prevention
  • Tailor our efforts to the evolving needs of UB students
Wellness Education Services | 114 Student Union | University at Buffalo | Buffalo, NY 14260-2100 | Tel: (716) 645-2837 | Fax: (716) 645-6234 | Contact: Sherri Darrow | E-Mail: General