Interpersonal Violence Prevention: "What Can I Do?"
Be an agent of change…
Everyone has the ability to be a force for good and positivity in the world. We can identify small and large opportunities to build connections and value others.
- Try taking an informational approach when respectfully challenging a harmful comment or behavior, “Hey, I used to think that way too, but then I learned more about it, and now I try to handle that topic with more compassion.”
- Highlight positive qualities or potential in someone to avoid them becoming defensiveness when you call them out for making a “rape joke” or victim-blaming, “OMG you’re so much kinder than that – trauma can change people’s lives and we need to understand how complicated it is.”
- Share a fact or reality with people to counter myths or misconceptions of interpersonal violence, “Did you know that false reporting is actually really rare – maybe about 8% of reported sexual assault – about the same as other crimes.”
Find accurate and comprehensive information…
(list of sexual violence programs throughout PA )
(list of service organizations throughout PA )
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention –
how Temple University defines Sexual Misconduct and violence on campus.
Looking to report sexual misconduct?
Have you experienced violence at some point and want to talk with someone? There are confidential resources and .