It is never a victim’s fault when they experience violence. However, we can do things to reduce our risk of experiencing violence.

For questions about sexual violence prevention efforts at Macalester, email


Sexual Violence Prevention Working Group Created in February 2016, this working group of students, staff, and faculty assists the Title IX and Bias Harassment Coordinator in an annual review of the sexual misconduct policy and assists with campus planning and projects related to sexual violence prevention education efforts at Macalester.

Green Dot @ Mac Learn how to reduce sexual violence as a bystander through a free, on-campus bystander intervention training.

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Consent is Mac A student-created and student-led program that articulates expectations about sexual violence prevention and consent in the Macalester community. Students maintain the Consent is Mac tumblr.

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#OurLockerRoomTalk Watch a video created by students of the Macalester College Football Team in October 2016. In this video, current members of the Football Team share insights into Macalester locker room culture, speak out against violence in our community, and send the message that this matters at Mac. Join the conversation with #OurLockerRoomTalk.

It’s On Us Watch a video created by Macalester students in August 2016, in connection with the White House’s national It’s On Us campaign. Macalester students, staff, faculty, and administrators aim to mobilize and inspire our community to stand up and take action against sexual and domestic violence on our campus.

Gender and Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC) Located in Kagin 018, the GSRC is a resource for information on gender and sexuality issues, including issues of sexual violence.

FIA*STARSA (Feminists in Action * Students Together Against Rape and Sexual Assault) student organization. Email for more information.

Mr. M. (Macalester Reimagines Masculinity) student organization. Email for more information.

National Prevention Organizations

Visit the Green Dot Website.
Green Dot is a national organization aimed at the reduction of power-based personal violence through strengthening services and strategies for bystanders.

Visit the Center for Changing Our Campus Culture Website.
The Center for Changing Our Campus Culture is a comprehensive online clearinghouse that provides important resources for colleges and universities on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

Visit the Men Can Stop Rape, Inc. Website.
Men Can Stop Rape, Inc. is an international organization that mobilizes men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence, especially men’s violence against women.

Visit the PAVE Website.
Promoting Awareness Victim Empowerment (PAVE) is a national, grassroots nonprofit. PAVE uses education and action to shatter the silence of sexual and domestic violence.

Visit the Date Safe Project Website.
The Date Safe Project provides strong and positive voices for discussing sexual assault awareness, healthy dating, and specifically addressing consent.

Visit the A Long Walk Home Website.
A Long Walk Home is an organization that uses art therapy and the visual and performance arts to document, to educate and to bring about social change and healing from trauma.

Visit the Clothesline Project Website.
The Clothesline Project was created to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women.

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Visit the Support Resources website for information on how you can become involved with organizations and initiatives on sexual assault prevention.

YouTube Videos

Four celebrity headshotsIt’s On Us

Celebrities deliver a powerful message about campus sexual assault: “Consent. If you don’t get it, you don’t get it.” Watch this video on Youtube.

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It’s as simple as tea

Do you have questions about the definition of consent?  Are you looking for an easier way to help friends or colleagues understand the concept of consent?  Watch this video on Youtube for a simple way to explain what consent really means.

Woman asking for consent to use cellphoneCan I borrow your phone?

What constitutes consent? How do we ask others for their consent? Watch this video on Youtube for another clever demonstration of consent and why it is important.

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Tough Guise

A video geared toward college students that systematically examines the relationship between pop-cultural imagery and the social construction of masculine identities in the U.S. at the dawn of the 21st century. Watch this video on Youtube.

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Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes

Byron Hurt presents an examination of manhood, sexism, and homophobia in hip-hop culture. Watch this video on Youtube.

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Killing Us Softly

Jean Kilbourne talks about the advertising pressures that confront women daily and that contribute to our culture of sexual violence.
Watch this video on Youtube.