It's Not a Game
The purpose of the “It’s Not a Game” (INAG) presentation is to increase knowledge, comprehension, and application regarding issues of interpersonal violence, specifically stalking, relationship violence, and sexual assault. Additionally, the presentation addresses skills to enhance the development of healthy and balanced relationships, while also providing supportive resources for students who experience interpersonal violence. INAG also provides a general overview of Sexual Assault Violence Intervention & Prevention (SAVIP) services as well as the different incidents that involve the SAVIP office. Additionally, INAG is a component of SAVIP’s Bystander Accountability initiative. The INAG presentation is led by current students or Graduate Assistants in order to provide a student perspective on interpersonal violence issues.
The It’s Not a Game presentation supports University 101 learning outcomes:
II. Help Students Discover and Connect With the University of South Carolina
a. Identify appropriate campus resources and opportunities that contribute to their educational experience, goals, and campus engagement
Increase awareness as well as knowledge of resources available to the students, faculty and staff as it relates to interpersonal violence and sexual assault
b. Develop and apply skills that contribute to building positive relationships with peers, faculty, and staff.
Inform participants of the techniques and skills in order to be an accountable bystander.
III. Help Students Discover and Connect With the University of South Carolina
c. Describe and demonstrate principles of responsible citizenship within and beyond the campus community.
Cultivate an environment where participants are active mentors and personally involved in exemplifying the Carolina Creed along with the awareness and knowledge to be accountable bystanders beyond the University of South Carolina and the Columbia community.
As a result of attending this presentation students will:
- Be able to define Interpersonal Violence
- Understand what a bystander is
- Understand the negative impact of bystander apathy on a college campus
- Learn how to intervene and identify signs
- Be more aware of situations that are high risk and cause negative consequences to their peers and the campus as a whole
- Learn how to protect themselves
- Learn strategies to change negative behaviors
- Gain knowledge of common reasons why people don't intervene
- Understand the University's policy for sexual assault and consent
Guidelines for Discussion
- Respect confidentiality
- Use "I" statements
- Respect each other's viewpoints
- Avoid interrupting or cutting off people
- If you feel uncomfortable, you may leave the room
- Not everyone is sexually active
- Survivors can be men, not just women
- Survivors of interpersonal violence may be in the room
- Not everyone is heterosexual
The first portion of this section is to explain to the class what the Cycle of Violence is and its impact on relationship violence. There will also be discussion regarding the definition of domestic violence and how that affects students in their relationships.
The next portion of this section will cover healthy vs. unhealthy relationships. The activity is designed to analyze relationships, promote communication and boundaries, and to carefully consider the ambiguity that is often related to unhealthy vs healthy behaviors.
The purpose of this section is to discuss the parameters of consent as outlined in the University policy as well as to address the topic of alcohol as a contributor to sexual assault.
Assault Scenario: this activity will give the class the opportunity to talk about sexual assault by depicting a scenario where two students have engaged in sexual activities, but there is no clear delineation made if the event is sexual assault or consensual. The discussion points that follow will address, among other things, statistics regarding sexual assault, what can be done, risk reduction, and how students can help their peers.
- Discuss services
50 minutes or 75 minutes