Scott “Beta Porch” Elias ’14 writes in to let you know that:
the brothers of Beta, DKE and Psi U are partnering up with WesWell and the Peer Health Advocate Team Leaders to sponsor a “We Speak, We Stand: Community of Care” bystander intervention program this Tuesday at 5:15 at Beta.
From WesWell director Tanya Purdy:
WE Speak, WE Stand, Wesleyan’s Community of Care program, aims to create a campus that is actively engaged in the prevention of sexual assault and advocates for the responsible use of alcohol. The goal of the program is to empower bystanders to intervene in high risk situations involving alcohol use and sexual assault. Empowered bystanders create a safer community by standing up and speaking out when they witness situations that could potentially harm the health and safety of others. Intervening with peers can be challenging for a number of reasons and training will provide you with the skills to move from inaction to action and intervene safely and effectively.
The training features two distinct and separate tracks: sexual assault prevention and alcohol use. The sexual assault prevention track will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of sexual assault, separate myths from facts and demonstrate and practice effective ways to intervene with friends, fellow students and community members. The alcohol track will equip you with the tools you need to intervene in situations involving alcohol and empower you to use those tools. Specifically, you will learn how alcohol affects your physiology and behavior and how to recognize an alcohol related medical emergency. We will demonstrate and practice appropriate ways to intervene when a fellow community member has a problem with alcohol use.