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 this topic with more compassion.”
- Highlight positive qualities or potential in someone to avoid them becoming defensive when you address hurtful comments or victim-blaming: “You’re so much kinder than that – trauma can change people’s lives and it’s important to respect how complicated it is.”
- Learn more about getting involved with national initiatives or Temple student organizations.
Offer support to a friend or peer who shares their experience with you…
It takes a tremendous amount of courage to share a stigmatized experience like sexual harassment and assault - when someone offers this private information it conveys how much they trust us. Our care or feelings for them can also add a layer of emotion to an already intense situation - here are a few invitations to consider:
- Validate: “It’s really brave of you to share this, thank you for trusting me.”
- Appreciate: “You’ve been managing so much on your own. You deserve respect and care.”
- Refer: “Would you like to research some local or campus resources together? To find out what’s available?”
- Support: “You are so strong and know what is best for you – I’ll be here whatever you decide.”
Find accurate and comprehensive information…
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Violence Prevention
Learn more about how Temple University defines Sexual Misconduct.
Have you experienced violence at some point and want to talk with someone? There are resources on campus and in the community.