Preventing Sexual Violence

Georgia State University strives to create a safe environment for students, faculty and staff. The university will not tolerate sexual misconduct (non-consensual sexual misconduct, non-consensual sexual contact, sexual exploitation, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking) and will take the necessary steps to create a violence-free campus.

Join others in the Georgia State University community and take the pledge end to sexual violence. Take the ITSONUS Pledge today. Watch the latest ITsOnUS PSA.

Bystander Intervention Strategies
Has there ever been a time when you felt, or even knew, something was wrong and wanted to help but didn’t? You’re not alone. This situation is more common than you might think and is known as the bystander effect. It is especially common in group settings, where everyone assumes someone else will do something or assumes that, since no one is doing anything, it is not a problem. Below are the five steps to overcoming the bystander effect and doing something to make a difference in the life of a community member.

Be aware of your surroundings and look out for your friends. Pay attention to situations that may easily escalate. What may start off as a disagreement may escalate into a physical altercation.
Interpreting something as a problem is as simple as acknowledging a gut feeling that something is wrong.
Once you have recognize that there is a problem, regardless of how many other people are around, you have assume no one else will help.
Help can be direct or indirect. Direct help means you are intervening in the situation to address the problem, Indirect means that you call for assistance from someone else.
Whether your help is direct or indirect, the most important thing is for you to step up and do something. If you or someone you carried about was in trouble what would you want someone to do for you.

Educational Programs

All incoming students are required to complete Haven, an interactive online course which addresses the critical issues of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking that impact countless college students across the country. Haven is not limited to only incoming students. All members of the campus community are encouraged to be informed about ways they can prevent violence. Visit Haven and Haven Plus online, to register today.
The Dean of Students office provides ongoing awareness and training on the Georgia State University Student Code of Conduct, Sexual Misconduct Policy. They offer an interactive program that helps participants understand when to report, how to report incidents and examines their own beliefs about sexual misconduct. For more information, contact the the Dean of Students office at 404-413-1515. Submit a request to schedule a training.
This interactive program is designed to educate the university community on bystander intervention and risk reduction techniques. The goal is to demonstrate the role everyone can play in reducing incidents of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking. For more information, contact Student Health Promotion at 404-413-1747.
This is a program that explores the dynamics of healthy relationships. How do intimate partners communicate effectively to ensure that both partners are treated with dignity and respect? In this program, participants will learn about the warning sign of dating violence, support resources if they are experiencing relationship violence and how to help a friend. For more information, contact Student Health Promotion at 404-413-1747.

Personal Safety Resources

With Circle of 6, you can connect with your friends to stay close, stay safe and prevent violence before it happens. The Circle of 6 app for iPhone and Android makes it quick and easy to reach the six friends you choose. Need help getting home? Need an interruption? Two touches lets your circle know where you are and how they can help. Icons represent actions, so that no one can tell what you’re up to. Designed for college students, it’s fast, easy-to-use and private. It’s the mobile way to look out for your friends, on campus or when you’re out for the night.
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Uber has partnered with the City of Atlanta Take a Stand campaign, because the ride-sharing service can offer a safe ride home to someone in a risky situation. The company is offering $20 off a user’s first ride with the code CityofAtlanta to support the campaign. Mayor Reed and the Atlanta Police Department urge all women and men to make use of these smartphone apps to protect themselves.
The Georgia State University Police Department coordinates safety escorts to Georgia State University buildings and parking lots, as well as some MARTA Stations (Georgia State and Five Points).
The Panther Ambassadors serve the community, seven days a week with limited service on Saturday and Sunday.