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Curry College prohibits all forms of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking. Unfortunately, these are important issues in every college community, and Curry College is no exception. Sexual misconduct affects all members of our community, both as victim-survivors and as friends and family of victim-survivors. This section of our website provides information about our community-wide efforts to prevent and respond to all forms of sexual misconduct.
Other areas of this website address resources (including confidential resources), sexual harassment/assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and reporting incidents. While this webspace offers specialized information and resources on these behaviors, we know, that sexual harassment/assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking often occur together. Because all of these behaviors may occur within one relationship, we encourage you to browse the website thoroughly and use whatever resources and information seem most appropriate to a particular situation.
If you would like to learn more about organized prevention and response efforts at Curry College, contact the college's Title IX Coordinator.
Curry College is committed to preventing all forms of sexual assault/harassment, intimate partner violence, and stalking. As a community, we pursue this by fostering a campus environment where everyone is empowered to keep the community safe and where students understand and demonstrate effective consent.
Collaborations between the Dean of Student's office, Public Safety, Wellness Education, the Athletics Department and others are bringing awareness and education about positive, bystander intervention. Bystanders are individuals who witness emergencies, criminal events, or situations that could lead to criminal events and by their presence may have the opportunity to provide assistance, do nothing, or contribute to the negative behavior. By recognizing that each member of the community has an opportunity to be a pro-social bystander, meaning individuals whose behaviors intervene in ways that impact the outcome positively, we reinforce the commitment that everyone can play an active role in prevention.
When we talk about sexual assault, harassment, intimate partner violence, and stalking, it's important to be clear that the responsibility for these appalling acts lies clearly with the person who commits them. Nothing than any victim-survivor or bystander does ever tips the balance away from that fact. As a community striving to prevent violence and harm, it's important that we also focus on the things we can do to increase safety for everyone.*
Bystanders are individuals who witness emergencies, criminal events, or situations that could lead to criminal events and by their presence may have the opportunity to provide assistance, do nothing, or contribute to the negative behavior. Bystanders can be powerful forces in passively allowing violence to occur, or they can be the force that prevents violence in our communities.
There are three basic ways to intervene†:
Some tips for being a pro-social bystander:
*This paragraph and other information on this page is adapted from University of New Hampshire's Bringing in the Bystander program, unless otherwise noted.
†Specific examples adapted from RAINN.org
When we talk about sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, and stalking, it's important to be clear that the responsibility for these acts lies clearly with those who commit them. Nothing that any victim-survivor or bystander does ever tips the balance away from that fact. As our community strives to prevent and respond to violence, however, it's important to focus on the things that we can all do to keep ourselves and others safe.*
The information on this page is focused on staying safe during in-person encounters. Read more about increasing safety online.
In Our Community**:
Whether or not you see an assault in progress, every member of our community can help reduce risk by being an engaged bystander.
To Reduce Your Own Risk++
If Someone is Pressuring You to Engage in Sexual Activity*
If someone is pressuring you to engage in sexual activity, it may be uncomfortable or frightening. Perpetrators often use this tactic. It is not your fault the other person is doing this. Here are some tips for exiting that situation safely.
*Adapted from the University of New Hampshire's Bringing in the Bystander website.
**Portions of this list are adapted from Men Can Stop Rape.
‡Adapted from University of New Hampshire's Bringing in the Bystander website, the CDC, ATIXA, and RAINN.org
†Adapted from ATIXA.
♦Adapted from RAINN.org.
Intimate partner violence is not the fault of the person receiving the abuse, nor is the person being abused responsible for making it stop. Those responsibilities lie with the person who is abusing their partner. Those receiving abuse can, however, choose to take some steps to increase their safety and well-being and may want to do so, whether they are staying with their partner, leaving, or have already left.
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, safety planning is important. Whether the person is leaving the relationship or staying in it, safety planning can help make decisions and determine resources before an abusive incident starts. That way, if abuse happens, the person can quickly get to a safer situation.
To read about specific suggestions for safety planning online and in social media, visit our page on increasing safety online, found here. There are several websites for safety planning and a mobile app.
Here are some safety planning basics*, which can vary depending upon living situation, employment situation, and financial situation. Remember, you can always contact the resources found here, for help.
Safety Planning Basics
If you are planning to end an abusive relationship, there are some other steps you can take to increase your safety. The decision to leave an abusive relationship can be very important and healthy, and you should end such a relationship carefully. Ending an abusive relationship is different than ending a healthy one, because your former partner may not respect the boundaries you want to create. They may try and make you feel guilty. Consider these suggestions for making the break-up work for you.*
Preparing to Break Up
Ending the Relationship
After Breaking Up
Unfortunately, ending an abusive relationship does not automatically make you safe. Follow these steps to keep yourself safe after a break-up.
*Adapted from LoveIsRespect.org
If you or someone you know is being stalked, it can be frightening. People who are experiencing stalking often struggle with the best way to respond. It's important to note that stalkers are usually encouraged by any contact with the people they are stalking and that behaviors can escalate very quickly. What may initially seem annoying can become frightening and dangerous. For this reason, it's important to take stalking behaviors seriously.
Remember, you cannot control a stalker, and you are not responsible for their behavior. Stalking is not the fault of the person being stalked, nor is the person being stalked responsible for making it stop. Those responsibilities lie with the person who is stalking another person. Those experiencing stalking can, however, choose to take some steps to increase their safety and well-being and may want to do so.
You can take these steps* to help improve your safety and the safety of those around you.
More and more, people are starting relationships online or communicating online in their current relationship. Social media and other online communication are great tools, but they can also make it easier to stalk or abuse someone, including a partner.
This page provides information about increasing safety for yourself and your friends in online interactions.
Online abuse and stalking is not the fault of the person receiving the abuse, nor is the person being abused responsible for making it stop. Those responsibilities lie with the person who stalks or causes other harm. Those receiving abuse can, however, choose to take some steps to increase their safety and well-being and may want to do so.
Increasing Your Own Safety*
Helping Friends Stay Safe†