Gender Violence Prevention
Gender based violence is a form of power based violence that manifests as sexual assault, intimate partner violence, sexual harassment, and stalking and is linked to normative understandings of gender. GBV mimics or stems from a system of gender power imbalances. It is violence used against women, girls, men, boys, trans folks and gender non-binary folks to assert, reinforce, and reproduce gender roles and norms, which are rooted in power and control. It is a type of power based violence. Power based violence is an umbrella term for any violence that exists as a result of systemic power imbalances (racism, transphobia, biphobia, homophobia, ageism, ableism, and others). Gender violence can also be described as any act of violence that is directly related to or justified by using the gender or sexual orientation of the victims or survivors. **
It is never a person’s fault if someone chooses to assault them. It is always, 100% of the time, the fault of the person who interacted with another person’s body without their permission.
- Freely Given
Consent is affirmative. We’ve all heard, “no means no,” but that’s not enough. Someone must have permission to interact with another’s body- a “YES”. Consent is an enthusiastic willingness to do a particular sexual activity in a way that everyone understands. Consent can be revoked at any time, including during a sex act. It’s up to the person initiating the specific sexual activity to get clear consent. Consent can be verbal and non-verbal, but the best way to have clear consent is a combination of both. Being drunk or high does not take away the responsibility of seeking and receiving clear consent, and if both people are drunk, it’s up to the person initiating the specific sexual act to get consent. A person who is incapacitated CANNOT CONSENT. Consent can not be obtained by coercion in any form.
What does it sound like?
Bystander Intervention Training (BIT)
Bystander Intervention Training is an interactive, student-facilitated training that aims to engage everyone in preventing gender violence on the Homewood campus. BIT helps students identify situations of concern, and provides knowledge and tools to encourage safe and successful interventions. The goal of the program is to reduce the incidence of sexual and relationship violence on campus by training participants to intervene in safe and creative ways, rather than standing aside as a passive bystander. The BIT program aims to promote a cultural shift in the way gender violence is perceived and discussed on the JHU campus. It is a four hour training broken down into two 2 hour sessions. If you would like to schedule a BIT program for your student group, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
JHU Sexual Assault Policy and Laws
Johns Hopkins University is committed to promoting a safe and supportive environment for each and every member of our community. If you have been sexually assaulted or a victim of sexual violence, we urge you to reach out to a counselor for emotional support and get medical care. We also stand ready to assist you with a complaint through JHU and/or local law enforcement. Please note that some resources are confidential while others are mandated reporters.
JHU Confidential Resources
- Counseling Center: 410-516-8278; 410-516-7777 (on-call counselor)
- Student Health and Wellness Center: 410-516-4784
- Religious and Spiritual Life: 410-516-1880
JHU Nonconfidential Resources
- Office of Institutional Equity: 410-516-8075
- Office of the Dean of Student Life: 410-516-8208
- Security: 410-516-7777
Supporting Survivors Quick Tips
Helping a Friend
- Allow survivors to make decisions for themselves
- Allow as much time as needed-let them go at their pace
- Convey that you believe them and that the assault was not their fault
- Understand there is no “perfect” survivor
- Offer to assist in contacting or accessing resources
- Let the person who is a survivor tell you what they need
- Assist in setting up a safe space
- Ask if they would like you to “check in”- respect their boundaries if they do not
- Be patient
- Maintain self-care
- Maintain boundaries
- Recognize when something is out of your comfort area or reach
- Take time for yourself
- Be mindful of your own emotional wellness
- Find someone you can talk to
I’m Alive is the first online network with 100% of its volunteers trained and certified in crisis intervention.
Love is Respect
Love is Respect strives to be a safe, inclusive space for young people to access information and get help in an environment that is designed specifically for them. Their website provides comprehensive education on healthy, unhealthy and abusive dating relationships and behaviors.
Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault
The mission of Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault is to help prevent sexual assault, advocate for accessible, compassionate care for survivors of sexual violence, and work to hold offenders accountable. They offer a variety of programs and services including legal services.
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network is the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization and has been ranked as one of “America’s 100 Best Charities” by Worth magazine. Among its programs, RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE. This nationwide partnership of more than 1,100 local rape treatment hotlines provides victims of sexual assault with free, confidential services around the clock. The hotline helped 137,039 sexual assault victims in 2005 and has helped more than one million since it began in 1994.
The mission of TurnAround is to build a community free of violence by working with adults and children affected by intimate partner and sexual violence to address their needs and prevent further violence through advocacy and education.