Survivors Not Statistics.
Sexual Assault can affect anyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation,
race, class or religion. It is a human issue that impacts us all. The only
way to stop it, is to understand it.
Be informed. Speak up. Get consent.
The Office of Sexual Health & Violence Prevention serves students in two distinct yet closely linked areas:
Preventing and addressing sexual and intimate partner violence:
The Office serves as an advocate and support for students directly impacted by sexual assault (also called rape), intimate partner violence (also called domestic or relationship violence), sexual harassment, and stalking. Students are welcome to drop-in, call, or email the Office to seek support, a safe space, and access to on- and off-campus resources. The Office provides all services in accordance with the wishes of the survivor. DePaul Universityís policy on Sexual Offense can be found hereIn addition, the Office offers educational trainings, workshops, and events for the DePaul community to build awareness, understanding, and sensitivity around sexual and intimate partner violence. Programs offer information and education on the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses, the importance of clear consent, safety tips, the different forms of intimate partner violence and warning signs, resources available on- and off-campus for survivors, how to respond to and support a survivor, etc. By reaching out to the DePaul community and working in collaboration with various student groups, campus departments, and community partners, the Office aims to bring the issue of sexual and intimate partner violence to the forefront of conversation. We believe that the more people become aware and sensitized about such violence, the more effectively it can be addressed.
Promoting healthy relationships, safer sex, and respectful sexual behavior:
Students today face significant challenges in their decision making around sex and sexual relationships. The Office provides resources, education, and training programs to promote healthy relationships and safer sex, and to empower students to make respectful choices related to sex. DePaulís Catholic and Vincentian mission brings a values-based, non-judgemental conversation to discussions on these issues, ensuring a holistic approach that includes providing medically accurate information on sexual health to reduce any potential harm.