Wellness Center


  • Wellness Center
    McCabe Hall, Room 123

    Espinosa, Michelle
    Associate Dean of Students

Mailing Address

Educational Programs

Sexual Assault Resources


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Sexual Violence Prevention Programs at American University

The following educational programs will be available starting Spring semester in 2011. Each program will last approximately one hour and will be available to any groups on or off-campus that hold university affiliation. To request a workshop or to request more information, please email Daniel Rappaport, the Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator at with the desired program, audience, and date/time.

Dating abuse
Dating Abuse

  1. Defines abusive relationships by using scenarios that engage the audience to determine the difference between a healthy and abusive relationship.
  2. Discusses prevalence of the crime (Stats).
  3. Reviews evolution of abusive relationships and the many signs, including but not limited to: isolation, family pressure, social pressure, etc.(uses “Power and Control” and “Equality” wheels).
  4. Counters common victim blaming and explains “Why they stay”.
  5. Provides a thorough “How to Identify and How to Help” document.


  1. Provides definitions of stalking and discusses the prevalence of the crime.
  2. Reviews the psychology behind stalking behaviors.
  3. Illustrates progression of stalking behaviors (including cyber-stalking).
  4. Uses a true stalking story to portray the impact of stalking on victims.
  5. Outlines a “What to do if…you or someone you know is being stalked”.

Sexual Violence
Sexual Violence

  1. Reviews definitions of rape and consent.
  2. Provides examples and guidelines for consent.
  3. Engages audience through a “What does consent look like” program.
  4. Presents prevalence and statistical information throughout workshop.
  5. Counters victim blaming through a comparison scenario and then discusses psychology of victim blaming.
  6. Discusses common reactions of survivors to sexual violence and the reality of “secondary trauma” for those helping a survivor.
  7. Provides thorough “What to do if…” document for survivors, those helping survivors, and challenging a friend who may have been a perpetrator.


  1. Uses possible crisis-scenarios to discuss important helping and intervention skills
  2. Overview of victim blaming, victim psychology/common reactions, and prevalence of violence.
  3. Outlines a “How to help a Friend” – a document that discusses effective ways to help someone in crisis.

How Men Can Stop SV

How Men Can Stop Sexual Violence

  1. Reviews prevalence and common myths of sexual violence.
  2. Utilizes “Man in a Box” to explain gender roles and its connection to sexual violence.
  3. Discusses why sexual violence is a men’s issue.
  4. Provides different ways that men can help prevent sexual violence, including the document, “10 Things Men Can Do To Prevent Gender Violence”.


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