How to Get Involved

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Mentors in Violence Prevention

The Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program utilizes the bystander approach to prevention and education, focusing on the role of leadership in being an active bystander. Interactive and engaging discussions validate the challenges of intervening while exploring options to safely confront sexual and interpersonal violence in a way that is comfortable for you. Participants engage in a series of four interactive sessions to become certified as an MVP. Discussion topics include gender roles, types of abuse, alcohol and consent, harassment, sexism, and homophobia, and will provide you with tools necessary to challenge, intervene, and prevent sexual and interpersonal violence.

MVP Raises Awareness of participants about the level of verbal, emotional, physical and sexual abuse.
  • “I have a better understanding of what sexual assault is and how to handle situations involving sexual violence.”
  • “I learned about rape culture, sexual assault and abuse that I had never thought about before.”
  • “I am more aware and more likely to take action if I see something.”
  • “I’m more aware of warning signs and how I can intervene.”

MVP Challenges Thinking by countering mainstream messages about gender, sex and violence.

  • “MVP has made me challenge the way I think about the things happening around me.”
  • “Being a part of MVP has made me realize that we live in a society where sexism is present and embedded in our culture.”
  • “I use the information I’ve learned in MVP to challenge my friends and family.”
  • “MVP made me put myself in others’ shoes, which changed my perspective on many topics.”

MVP Opens Dialogue by creating a safe environment for men and women to share their opinions and experiences.

  • “Everyone’s ideas and thoughts have made me broaden my way of thinking about these issues.”
  • “MVP isn’t a lecture or a class; it’s a conversation.”
  • “MVP isn’t a strict set of preventative steps. It’s a way of thinking and behaving.”
  • “I feel more comfortable talking about and addressing topics involving sexual violence.”

MVP Inspires Leadership by empowering participants with concrete options to effect change in their respective communities.

  • “MVP has changed my views and inspired me to want to be an advocate for victims.”
  • “As a result of MVP, I talk more with others about what resources are available at UAlbany.”
  • “I plan on continuing to educate my friends and raise awareness about being an active bystander.”
  • “I now know how to be a part of the solution in real life situations.”

If interested in becoming a Certified Mentor in Violence Prevention, click here to be contacted for the next training session.

Project SHAPE

Project SHAPE is a peer education program that provides sexuality, sexual violence, and sexual health education programs for the University community. Each year, more than 100 programs, exhibits, and events are offered in the residence halls, for student groups and in academic classes. In addition, Project SHAPE facilitates a number of theme weeks and awareness months such as Sex Sense Week, World AIDS Week, and Sexual Assault Awareness Month as well as specific awareness days such as Latino HIV Awareness Day. We also present in area high schools, and local youth agencies such as Equinox, Glenmont Job Corps, and the NYS Museum Club.

Project SHAPE programs are offered by the 50 student members along with Advocacy Center professional staff. Members are trained in two credit-bearing human sexuality courses, ECPY 311 and ECPY 312. Students are trained and supervised by the founder and Director of the program who serves as the Director of the Advocacy Center for Sexual Violence. She is an accredited sexuality educator and sexuality counselor and has studies sexuality in five European countries as well as Russia.

A copy of the application is available for download. Applications can also be picked up at the Advocacy Center for Sexual Violence.

Applications can be sent electronically to: cstenger@albany.edu or turned in at the Advocacy Center for Sexual Violence.
Advocacy Center for Sexual Violence
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