What is NJCASA’s Student initiative for sexual violence prevention?
The Initiative brings together college and university students across the state of N.J. to:
- Identify gaps in prevention education prior to and during their time at an institute of higher education
- Contribute insight into the lived experiences of students on campus
- Gather information and provide recommendations to enhance current prevention initiatives
At the completion of this project, the Initiative will have developed a New Jersey Student Initiative for Sexual Violence Prevention Report, modeled after the New Jersey Task Force on Campus Sexual Assault report “Addressing Campus Sexual Violence: Creating Safer Higher Education Communities” released in June 2017. The report will address:
- Prevention messaging received in K-12;
- Prevention messaging received at college or university and how confident/empowered students feel to contribute to a prevention-minded campus community; and
- Recommendations for prevention efforts in N.J. educational institutions.
What is the time commitment?
As a part of the Initiative, student members will organize informal listening sessions on their campus, comprised of their peers, to learn more about their exposure to prevention messaging and education, which will be included in the report. The time dedicated will be dependent upon each student. In addition, all students in the Initiative will participate in a 1 – 2 hour virtual meeting each month, for seven months. During these meetings, we’ll share updates on progress, discuss and groupthink about challenges, and learn more about current issues pertaining to campus sexual assault and best strategies for sexual violence prevention in educational settings.