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Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Programs

Colgate offers multiple programs to help change our campus and provide information to students.

Yes Means Yes

Yes Means Yes is a six-week positive sexuality seminar led by student, faculty, and staff facilitators. Created by a student in 2009, Yes Means Yes gives students the unique opportunity to gather with people from across campus to engage in honest discussion. 

The seminar, which was recently highlighted by, covers topics of positive sexuality in an attempt to destigmatize and encourage conversation about sex, pleasure, a healthy sexual climate on campus, combating sexual violence, the way different identities interact with sex and sexuality, and more.

For more information, contact Yes Means Yes interns, Mariam Nael ( and/or Kaitlin Abrams (

Student-led Team: The Network

The Network is a sexual assault and domestic violence awareness group organized by the Max A. Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education. The group hosts weekly meetings that discuss upcoming events and current issues, and organizes annual events like Take Back The Night and Speak Out. The Network partners with Victims of Violence for Madison County where students are trained to answer a sexual assault and domestic abuse hotline. LEARN MORE
Students rehearsing This is not a Play about Sex

"This Is Not a Play About Sex"

A play by Christina Liu ’13 includes frank discussion about sexuality, and has been performed on campus over several years.


Bystander Intervention

Bystander Intervention is a strategy to prevent violence including bullying, sexual harassment and assault, and intimate partner violence. Together, we call these behaviors "gender-based violence."

The training is a two-hour interactive program led by student facilitators. It includes videos, discussion of the definition of consent, examination of how Colgate can help student survivors of sexual assault and/or harassment, and an exploration of how to identify dangerous situations and intervene safely and effectively. 

Bystander Intervention is based on the understanding that people make decisions and continue behaviors based on the reactions they get from others. Colgate's program is based on a model from Duke University called PACT (Prevent, Act, Challenge, Teach).

Check the campus events calendar for upcoming trainings, or

White House's "It's On Us" Initiative