As a high school student, you have one of the most important roles in creating a culture of consent and respect. Let’s be real: if students like you are hearing about consent, healthy relationships, and dating violence for the first time at college orientation — it’s way too late. You can make sure that your peers aren't ignoring these important issues, and that is so important. Below you will find ideas and action items that can help promote a culture of respect and consent in your community, and ways to educate your peers on the realities of sexual violence.
Promote awareness in your school.
1. Start or join a student club dedicated to promoting healthy relationships and countering sexual violence. Promoting Awareness Victim Empowerment (PAVE) has resources on how to start a SAFEBAE group on campus here.
2. Participate in a DoSomething.org campaign:
Hold your future college accountable.
When you apply to college (or any form of higher education), you have just become a powerful force in holding your school accountable. Your voice matters. Below you will find ways you can encourage your future alma mater to foster safe and supportive environments free of sexual violence.
1. Send a tweet or a letter encouraging your school to do the right thing when it comes to sexual assault.
Here are some key talking points:
- You are informed about these issues and plan to hold your school accountable
- Affirmative consent should be the standard at your college or university
- Faculty and staff should be trauma informed
- Sexual assault programming should be inclusive of all gender identities and expressions
- The burden of sexual assault prevention should not be placed on the backs of female students
Click here for a sample letter.
2. When you visit colleges, ask about how they are working to end campus sexual violence.
Here are some sample questions:
During first year orientation, is there training about sexual violence and Title IX rights? Is this training in-person?
Does this school have an affirmative consent policy?
Do you know how to report a sexual assault?
Does your school have an amnesty policy?
As a high school student you have an important role in influencing political decisions, you are a future voter, after all. Click here for our page on legislative and policy reform.
Spread the word in your community.
Use your voice. Talk to your friends about healthy relationships and sexual violence. Connect with us on social media using the links below and join the conversation.