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STRIVE (Sexual Trauma Interpersonal Violence Education) is a peer education group comprised of a diverse group of UF graduate and undergraduate students overseen by GatorWell Health Promotion Services. Through STRIVE, peer educators are involved in outreach, education, and advocacy initiatives related to the prevention of interpersonal violence.


STRIVE’s Vision

We envision a living and learning environment free from interpersonal violence, one in which the campus culture encourages respect, communication, and equity.

STRIVE’s Mission

STRIVE educates, inspires and empowers UF students to actively participate in creating a campus community that is free from interpersonal violence. STRIVE seeks to promote individual and community accountability, and to challenge beliefs and behaviors that encourage rape, sexual assault, relationship violence/abuse, harassment, and other forms of violence. STRIVE peer educators are available to facilitate open, non-judgmental forums and presentations to explore questions such as “Why does this happen?” and “What can we do?” To request a presentation, click the presentation button above, call 352-273-4450 or email.

Become a Volunteer Peer Educator

All students are welcome to apply for STRIVE’s Volunteer Peer Educator positions. Because of the training we invest in our volunteers, we ask that all applicants are able to make a minimum two semester commitment. Applications are reviewed at the end of each semester. Apply Today!

Be a Game Changer: UF’s Sexual Violence Bystander Intervention Training

At STRIVE, we believe everyone has the power to end interpersonal violence on campus. Studies show that the presence of a helpful bystander reduces the occurrence of sexual assault by 44%. This 90 minute skills-based training is intended to help students recognize the warning signs of sexual assault and to teach students' safe and effective strategies to intervene. Request a training for your organization!


Cupid's Consent Week

Let's get consensual! STRIVE hosts a variety of activities the week of Valentine's Day that teach about consent to sexual activity and intimacy. We share what consent is, what it isn't, and how to navigate uncertainties, all while you're having fun! The main event is always our Cupid's Consent Fair, where about a dozen campus partners join in to share activities. Visit a majority of the tables at the fair and you're eligible for a free tee shirt or other advocacy tool. We have also hosted Consent Jeopardy and Healthy Relationships Jenga at GatorNights, a Dirty Talk 101 workshop, panel discussions, conversations about casual sex and healthy sexuality in the LGBTQ community, and a talk on Title IX from UF's Title IX Coordinator. Look for announcement of dates and activities every February on our Facebook page: STRIVE UF, and if you have suggestions for consent topics you'd like to see addressed, message us!


Take Back the Night: March and Rally to End Sexual Violence

Take Back the Night is an international rally demanding an end to sexual violence. Every year in April, STRIVE and a consortium of campus and community organizations unite students, staff, faculty, administrators, and community members in a demonstration march through campus. After the rally, attendees gather for a powerful open mic session, where anyone who has been impacted by sexual violence is given the opportunity to share their story. Take Back the Night has grown exponentially and offers a keynote address, musical and spoken word performances, and new connection among participants. Join us for this moving and meaningful UF tradition!


October’s ‘So Many Ways’ Month

October is both Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Bullying Awareness Month. STRIVE recognizes both in a storm of events and activities covering every day of the month. During October, you can find us crafting at GatorNights, tie-dying T-shirts at the Plaza of Americas, and collaborating with several awesome organizations around the community as we encourage students to model healthy relationships of all kinds. Check ou the graphic below for a full listing and go to events to check out week-to-week details!

 


STRIVE is partnering with other campus departments and student organizations to bring the What Were You Wearing? Exhibit to UF in April, 2018. This installation was created in 2013 at the University of Arkansas and is one of the many projects worldwide working to dispel the myth that a victim of sexual assault is to blame for their victimization because of what they were wearing at the time. The stories utilized were donated by survivors and are used with their consent, Clothing in the installation is not the actual clothing worn by the survivor, but a recreation. STRIVE and partners hope that survivors who experience the installation feel heard, validated, believed, and know that the assault was not their fault. The goal of the installation is for viewers to see themselves reflected in not only the outfits, but also the stories. This realization moves us away from blaming the victim for violence and places responsibility where it belongs, on those who caused harm. Survivors who would like to submit a story, click here.

What were you Wearing? Survivor Exhibit

We invite you to visit the exhibit and related events during these times:

March 30th-April 5th The Civic Media Center 433 S. Main Street, Gainesville, FL

One outfit and the publication will be displayed as part of the Alachua County Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center’s

Survivors Art Exhibit. Opening Reception March 30th, 7-10 pm during Artwalk Gainesville.

 

April 6th-29th University of Florida Harn Museum of Art 3259 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL

One outfit and the publication will be displayed as part of the Alachua County Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center’s

Survivors Art Exhibit. Opening Reception April 12th, 6-9 pm during Museum Nights.

 

April 2nd -30th University of Florida’s Ustler Hall Atrium, 3rd Floor

The main exhibit. Opening Reception April 6th, 5:30-8 pm.

 

Confidential support and assistance

Alachua County Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center 352-264-6760

University of Florida Police Department’s Victim Services 352-392-5648 weekdays 8-5 pm

University of Florida’s Counseling and Wellness Center 352-392-1575


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