The WGST Gender Violence Program

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Sexual violence is an issue of significant concern on American college campuses, including Valdosta State University. College women “are at greater risk for rape and other forms of sexual assault than women in the general population or in a comparable age group” (Fisher, Cullen, & Turner, 2000). Highest at risk group on college campus are freshmen women. Between one half and three fourth of sexual assaults on college campuses involve alcohol consumption on the part of the victim, the perpetrator, or both (Sampson, 2002). The Women's and Gender Studies program is dedicated to educating our students on this topic to reduce the likelihood of sexual violence occurring within our community.

Our goal is to reduce sexual violence by raising awareness, providing prevention education, and creating a climate for social change via a feminist perspective.


WE:

  • Educate students, staff, and faculty about sexual violence, its under lying causes and impact on our community

  • Empower women to be active sexual agents

  • Empower men to challenge harmful aspects of traditional masculinity and to embrace their role as allies in violence prevention work

  • Work toward comprehensive, coordinated interventions for social and cultural change

  • Promote respectful and responsible sexual relationships

  • Work toward increasing dramatically the number of men who make these issues a priority in their personal and professional lives