BRAVE aims to prevent sexual abuse

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Molly Ashline
  Staff Writer

Since the fall semester at UNCG began in late August, three rapes and multiple incidents involving sexual assault have been reported to campus police. Campus police are required by the Cleary Act to inform students of sex crimes on campus in an effort to keep the student population informed and safe.

That fact is disturbing not only in that those crimes have happened on campus, but in the notion that it is not surprising. Many people now know the statistic that one in six people will experience some form of sexual abuse on college campus. People are also recognizing more that acquaintances of victims are more likely to perpetrate sex crimes than complete strangers.

Taken together, it seems imperative and obvious that measures should be taken to prevent sexual assault.

BRAVE — or, Building Responsible Advocates for Violence Education—is now an integrated affiliate of the Wellness Center, and this month, they are holding three training sessions for faculty and students.

The training sessions are meant to help individuals identify possible abuses and prevent them with empathy and adequate knowledge of available resources.

BRAVE trainees can be certified on Sept. 18 for students and Sept. 22 for faculty. The first training session was held Sept. 8.

This training program reflects the growing attempts to make community members a part of ending rape culture through prevention.

According to a New York Times article, a study across Canadian universities that used a more intensive, longer prevention program than the BRAVE program, reported a significant decrease (about 6 percent) in sexual violence on campus. With those numbers, other universities may follow suit.

But BRAVE training may work on the basis of community. As they say on their website, “The program will help build a network of allies throughout campus.”

Essentially, they are making an environment that actively tries to prevent sexual violence rather than one that ignores it.

Another program on UNCG’s campus that is offered through UNCG campus police is the Rape Aggression Defense, or (RAD) class.

RAD is “a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training,” according to the police department’s website.

This type of program is what more people might expect from rape prevention programs. RAD programs are offered for free to UNCG students, and interested parties can sign up for RAD classes on the UNCG police department’s website.

While women kicking the stuffing out of a padded man may be helpful for immediate and aggressive acts of sexual assault, the BRAVE training is designed to help people prevent sex crimes before any physical aggression takes place.

Both types of training may be necessary for actively combating rape culture.

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