Student Groups

PENN ANTI-VIOLENCE EDUCATORS (PAVE)

PAVE is a peer education student group that is focused on how to be an active bystander. PAVE members are committed students who are trained to facilitate workshops and trainings to their peers about the important role bystanders can play in ending sexual and relationship violence on campus. For more information, please contact Katie Chockley at kchock@upenn.edu.

To request the PAVE presentation, "Who Are You? Being an Active Bystander," for your graduate or undergraduate student group, please submit a request here.

PAVE FAQ

PAVE Stats 2018-2019
• In 2018-2019, PAVE reached over 1,500 students.
• Before PAVE, 7 in 10 agreed "there is something meaningful I can do about sexual and relationship violence." After PAVE, 9 in 10 agreed.

• Before PAVE, just over half of students said that they "understand different ways to intervene if [they] witness harmful behaviors." After PAVE, over 9 in 10 agreed.

• Before PAVE, two-thirds of students agreed "intervening to prevent violence feels pretty doable to me." After, PAVE, almost 9 in 10 agreed.

• Before PAVE, two-thirds said they knew where to seek help for sexual violence at Penn. After PAVE, 99% said they did.
    • The two most common offices listed as where students would seek help were CAPS and the Women's Center.
• 89% would recommend the presentation to other students.


MEN AGAINST RAPE & SEXUAL ASSAULT (MARS)

MARS (previously known as 1 in 4) is a men's group that uses peer-education to combat sexual violence. MARS leads workshops on consent and masculinity to all male student groups including sports teams, residence hall students, student organizations, fraternities, and off-campus groups. MARS also presents to coed audiences when requested. For more information, contact Justin Iannacone at justinia@sas.upenn.edu.

CONSENT COLLABORATIVE

The Consent Collaborative is an umbrella group for four anti-violence groups on campus: PAVE, MARS, ASAP, and V-Day. Consent Collab works to create a united voice for addressing interpersonal violence and to offer a safe space for mutual support amongst students of all identities and backgrounds. By working together, the Collaborative hopes to ensure that the voice of students, and especially survivors, is heard by other leaders and administrators at Penn. The Collaborative serves as an acknowledgment of collective responsibility and care for prevention of all forms of interpersonal violence within the Penn community. For more information, contact Bella Essex at essex@sas.upenn.edu. 

PENN WOMEN'S CENTER AFFILIATED GROUPS

The Penn Women's Center advises a number of student groups focused on raising awareness about sexual and relationship violence. These groups include ASAP and the Vagina Monologues. See below for more information.

ASAP: Abuse and Sexual Assault Prevention

A group of undergraduate and graduate students dedicated to raising awareness about sexual violence on campus. ASAP hosts discussions on topics ranging from feminist and political theory to the media and US culture, as well as documentary screenings, speakers and other events. In the spring, ASAP plans and sponsors Take Back The Night, a campus-wide protest of sexual violence and a survivor vigil.  For more information, contact Anna Hardie at ahardie@sas.upenn.edu and Melissa Song at songmel@sas.upenn.edu. 

Vagina Monologues

The Penn Vagina Monologues is one of the largest and most successful social justice movements on campus. The Vagina Monologues has become the catalyst for mobilizing awareness of violence against women of all ages, as well as the force that empowers individuals and the public-at-large to bring that violence to an end. Each year, a diverse cast and crew help spread the message to thousands more throughout the greater Penn community. Contact the 2019-2020 chair Olivia Bridges at bridgeso@upenn.edu. 

Anti-Violence Engagement Network (AVEN)

Sexual violence is a community problem that needs community based solutions. Student groups play an important role on campus in creating culture, setting standards for appropriate behavior, and supporting students. We are launching a new program to work closely with student groups who want to be part of the solution. Learn more.

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