All new students who have enrolled at Vanderbilt are required to complete sexual violence prevention training through Project Safe, Title IX and Vanderbilt University Public Safety. There also are online resources to help members of the Vanderbilt University community understand Title IX, the Clery Act and more.
Bystander intervention training: Project Safe offers an inclusive, comprehensive approach to violence prevention that addresses barriers to and opportunities for intervention across all levels of the socioecological model. The model focuses on all community members as potential bystanders and seeks to engage them through awareness, education and skills practice in behaviors that establish intolerance of violence as the norm, as well as reactive interventions in high-risk situations, resulting in the reduction of violence.
Effective consent: Project Safe offers programs to help students better understand effective consent. Project Safe staff are available to serve as speakers, panelists, moderators or facilitators for programs and events in the residence halls and work with interested students and student organizations.
R.A.D. self-defense program: The Vanderbilt University Police Department offers the Rape Aggression Defense program, which teaches realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. The RAD system is dedicated to teaching defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault through easy, effective and proven self-defense/martial arts tactics. The program aims to provide participants with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance.
- Vanderbilt University Title IX Office
- Vanderbilt University Annual Security Report
- VUPD Clery Act FAQ
- Vanderbilt University Student Handbook
- Victim Rights Law Center
- Office for Civil Rights
Resources for those who have experienced sexual violence include:
- Vanderbilt University Title IX Office (reporting and supportive measures)
- Vanderbilt University Project Safe hotline: 615-322-SAFE (7233) (answered by professional, trained staff of the VU Project Safe Center, available 24/7/365)
- RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network’s National Sexual Assault Hotline, a confidential hotline, is available at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) and online chat)
- The Trevor Project (crisis intervention and suicide prevention hotline/online chat for LGBTQ youth)
- Trans Lifeline (transgender volunteers staff this 24-hour crisis support line for transgender people) US: 877-565-8860
- National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- Love Is Respect (dating violence; 24-hour hotline, text, online chat) Call 866-331-9474, chat at loveisrespect.org, or text “loveis” to 22522, available 24/7/365
- DoD Safe Helpline (Part of the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response programs, the DoD Safe Helpline is a groundbreaking crisis support service for members of the DoD community affected by sexual assault. Phone 877-995-5247, text or online chat available 24/7/365.)
- Veterans Crisis Line (Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, chat online or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24/7/365. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.)
Vanderbilt takes seriously its responsibility to prevent and respond to sexual misconduct. Through university policies and the combined efforts of our Title IX Office, Project Safe Center for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response, and Student Affairs, students have access to an array of prevention and support resources.
Vanderbilt is committed to confronting and combating this societal problem and to providing members of the Vanderbilt community with the resources and support they need and deserve. View the university’s sexual misconduct policy on the Title IX website.
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