Sexual Violence Prevention

What is Sexual Violence?

Sexual violence is any sexual act or attempt of a sexual act by violence or coercion. This could include acts to traffic a person or acts directed against a person's sexuality, regardless of the relationship to the victim. Whether you are in a serious relationship, dating casually, or just hooking up, making sure your intimate relationships are healthy is important.

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How can BGSU help?

Bowling Green State University is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for our students, faculty, staff and visitors. This commitment is woven into our campus culture, where everyone looks out for – and supports – each other. It also aligns with our primary core value – respect for one another.

As a community, we must all come together to prevent assaults from occurring on our campus. We must make sure survivors are properly supported. And we must ensure that our processes are thorough, fair, equitable and respectful.

We are dedicated to these goals and have recently strengthened our efforts in several key areas including prevention and care. It is vitally important that the support services and processes we have in place evolve to meet the needs of our students, faculty, staff and visitors.

BGSU does not tolerate sexual offenses. The University is prepared to handle situations of sexual assault whether they occur on campus or off campus. BGSU has a Task Force on Sexual Assault comprised of students, faculty, staff and a victim advocate to address this issue. Please visit the Task Force News page for updates on their progress. BGSU offers a variety of programs and services that focus on education, prevention and response to sexual offenses, but we are always looking for ways to improve, so feel free to provide your feedback.

For more information on how BGSU can help with sexual violence prevention, please visit our Resources Page.

How can you help others?

Become a Peer Educator

Becoming a peer educator is a great way to get involved on campus, strengthen public speaking skills with presentations, and make new friends. It gives students the opportunity to learn from other students as well. A class is offered to those interested in peer education.  

The peer education program strives to promote all aspects of wellness by raising awareness and knowledge about healthier living through outreach and role modeling. The primary goal is to develop fun, interactive and educational programs that reach the entire BGSU community.

Peer educators present on various wellness topics, including nutrition, body image, alcohol and other drugs and sexual health. Become a member and find out what peer education is about!

Contact Faith DeNardo at faithy@bgsu.edu for more information.

Get Involved

Join the It's On Us cultural movement aimed at fundamentally shifting the way we think about sexual assault. It's On Us is a rallying cry inviting everyone to step up and realize that the solution begins with us. It’s a declaration that sexual assault is not only a crime committed by a perpetrator against a victim, but a societal problem in which all of us have a role to play. We are reframing sexual assault in a way that inspires everyone to see it as their responsibility to do something, big or small, to prevent it. BGSU is charged with creating an environment, be it a dorm room, a party, a club or a sports team, or the greater college campus, where sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.

Because sexual assault is a crime of power and control, the most important thing to consider when engaging in sexual behavior is the CONSENT of the other person involved.

Visit Get Involved for more information.