OUR LATEST RESEARCH: Fraternities can help challenge sexual assault–and how.

July 21, 2015 Uncategorized

How to prevent sexual assault on campus? We’re working on it.

Presenting: our new formative research designed to help us—and the entire campus ecosystem—do just that.

Sneak peek: The key is culture change. Driven by everyone.

As we said in our recent letter to the editor of the New York Times, we need to call on everyone to help change the campus culture that enables assault to persist.

And “everyone” includes the Greek system (fraternities and sororities).

Here’s more:

Of course, more work than ever is now being done to address campus sexual violence. That’s great. And the most lasting change will come when we challenge the cultures and norms that support violence. That way, fewer incidents will happen. And if they do, the response will be appropriate.

Since the Greek system often drives culture on campus, its members also have deep power to drive culture change. And imagine what we can accomplish when they work with all campus stakeholders to enable everyone to study—and party—safely.

Campus sexual violence and the attitudes that promote it are often passed down year to year. Our campaigns will engage students from high school seniors to college alums in an intergenerational approach to prevention. We also partner with other key stakeholders to create stronger networks, enhance sustainability and long-term investment in prevention, and foster a deeper understanding of how true culture change requires everyone to take part.

Here are a few things our focus groups showed us about engaging members of the Greek system:

  • Untapped potential. Investing in the untapped potential of fraternity men is a huge opportunity to make meaningful change at what many believe is the root of the problem. Most leaders in government and business are among their ranks, so they can be leaders now in positive culture change later.
  • Values. Key fraternity values such as honor, leadership, community, and service position these men to play a greater role in sexual violence prevention.
  • Talking to, not down to. Fraternity men should be engaged as part of the solution.
  • Joining the movement. Fraternity men can make a difference. And meaningful and proactive sexual violence prevention on campus will occur when we link their efforts to those of sorority women, athletes, parents, survivors, administration–and you.

We’d tell you more about our research, but SPOILERS. You can read the rest of the report here.