Gender Violence Awareness and Prevention Events

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Fall 2023 Events:


Bringing in the Bystander

Thursday, August 31st 4:30-5:30 pm in Maginnes 101

An educational program that encourages participants to become positive bystanders in instances of sexual and interpersonal violence and harassment. Participants learn to identify problem situations; they also learn practical skills for safe and effective intervention.


Meet an Advocate

Wednesday, September 6th 12-1 pm in Williams 341

You are invited to come meet the Advocates! Lehigh University’s Advocates are a group of dedicated and compassionate Lehigh University staff and faculty members who volunteer and are trained to support survivors of gender violence. Advocates are also able to assist other Lehigh students who have been impacted by gender violence including friends, partners, and family members of survivors. Theyare able to provide belief and support, as well as options and referrals. An Advocate is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Please feel free to bring your lunch. Beverages and desserts will be served.

Take Back Your Breath, Take Back Your Body

Tuesday, September 12th 6:30-7:30 pm in Chandler-Ullmann 216

The experience of stress leaves a chemical footprint that is initiated with your breath.  Often, this stress response is unconscious and also necessary, providing energy to match the need.   However, if the chemicals of stress become a habit or go unchecked, the body's immune system response is weakened. Fortunately, the same breath -  made conscious - acts as a  remedy and resource to bring the body and mind into balance.  In this session you will learn about the physiology of stress as well as participate in useful practices from yogic tradition.  Breath, movement and mindfulness support overall physical, emotional and mental well being.

Empowered Tattooing 

Thursday, September 14th 4:30 pm in STEPS 101

Presented by tattoo artist Alexus Lizardi from Iron Thorn Tattoo

Tattoos and other forms of body modification can serve as a form of healing and self care. Join us for a conversation with a local tattoo artist about the current state of the tattoo industry, as well as ways to advocate for yourself and feel empowered when getting a tattoo. Alexus will specifically focus on the ways in which the tattoo industry and artists are striving to be more inclusive.

Ask a Sexpert with BTS Peer Educators

Tuesday, September 19th 6:00-7:00 pm in Neville 002

Navigating college hook-ups, sex, dating, and relationships can be hard. Specially trained members of Break the Silence peer educators create a safe space where new students can come to ask ANY and ALL questions they have about sex and relationships at Lehigh. Common questions include sexual pleasure, STIs, birth control, Lehigh culture, and consent.

Alcohol and Consent

Wednesday, September 20th 5-6 pm in Maginnes 112

Presented by Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley

This program breaks down the myths and states the facts regarding sexual violence. Students will learn about intoxicating substances such as alcohol and date-rape drugs as well as their effects. Risk-reduction strategies, boundaries, and bystander intervention will also be discussed as students engage in a conversation based on consent, alcohol, and communication.

Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley Presents “Decisions”

Wednesday, September 27th 6:00-7:30 pm in STEPS 102

In this interactive simulation, participants will adapt to an identity role and navigate through life circumstances and challenges that survivors of dating and intimate partner violence often face. This particular adaptation is specifically geared towards college-age and young adult participants, who may need to address concerns of coming out about their sexual orientation and/or gender identity to family and friends, deciphering how to navigate shared workspaces or housing, or staying safe from a former intimate partner who is showing signs of abuse. Format: education, activity, and reflection.