Violence Prevention Education

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women provides violence prevention education programs to the CWRU community through a coordinated university effort called It’s On CWRU. 

It’s On CWRU’s mission is to combat college sexual assault by engaging and changing campus culture. We achieve our mission by teaching prevention education, training the next generation of student organizers and disseminating large-scale creative campaigns. 
Our prevention education work is focused on three key areas: bystander intervention, consent education and survivor support.

Participants in education programs will be able to:

  • define key terms and identify the root causes of power and gender-based violence;
  • identify risk factors and the role they play in sexual violence; 
  • identify resources for continued education and services that may assist survivors;
  • understand the role that all members of our community play in ending violence; and
  • implement strategies to intervene as a bystander.

Request a Bringing in the Bystander® Training

Bringing in the Bystander® is an evidence-based bystander intervention program that uses a community responsibility approach to bystander intervention. It teaches bystanders how to safely intervene in instances where sexual violence, relationship violence or stalking may be occurring or where there may be risk that it will occurring. 

Silent Witness

This year the Flora Challenge will be starting a Silent Witness for Cuyahoga County. In 1990, an ad hoc group of women artists and writers, upset about the growing number of women in Minnesota being murdered by their partners or acquaintances, joined together with several other women's organizations to form Arts Action Against Domestic Violence. These compassionate women felt an urgency to do something that would speak out against the escalating domestic violence in their state. They set out to create something that would commemorate the lives of the 26 women whose lives had been lost in 1990 as a result of domestic violence.

After much brainstorming, the women began to design 26 free-standing, life-sized red wooden figures, each one bearing the name of a woman who once lived, worked, had neighbors, friends, family, children--whose life ended violently at the hands of a husband, ex-husband, partner, or acquaintance. A twenty-seventh figure was added to represent those uncounted women whose murders went unsolved or were erroneously ruled accidental. The organizers called the figures the Silent Witnesses (the original 27 witnesses).

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