Santa Clara University

Wellness Center

Violence Prevention Program

The Violence Prevention Program, formally known as Every Two Minutes and One in Four, is the student-based sexual assault prevention, education, and bystander awareness organization at Santa Clara University, operating out of the SCU Wellness Center (located at 862 Market Street, across from Dunne Hall).


The Violence Prevention Program is a peer-based organization aimed at spreading awareness and education about sexual assault at SCU and empowering the student body to be proactive bystanders to protect fellow Broncos. The Violence Prevention Program also aims to be a resource for those who are survivors of sexual assault for friends of survivors.


Every two minutes, someone is sexually assaulted in the US, and 1 in 4-to-5 college-aged women are the victims of rape or attempted rape (US Dept of Justice). Students play an important role in preventing sexual assault on campus. The Violence Prevention Program, formerly known as Every 2 Minutes/1 in 4, works toward prevention and early intervention of sexual assault at SCU by educating and bringing about awareness to the SCU community, empowering bystanders to take action to prevent sexual assault and violence, and working toward cultural change with a reduction in sexual and relationship violence.

To join SCU Violence Prevention Program, please download this Application and e-mail the document here.

You may contact the SCU Violence Prevention Program directly by sending an e-mail to

Find us on Facebook:

You may also contact the Wellness Center at 408-554-4409.

Violence Prevention Program Officers for 2015-2016

You may reach any of them by sending an e-mail to

  • Adriana Ortiz
  • Emma Hyndman
  • Paulina Cheves

About Us

Past events in which SCU Violence Prevention Program participate at Santa Clara University:

  • “Can’t Thread a Moving Needle”— freshman mandatory program

  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month (observed in October)

  • Tunnel of Oppression

  • The Clothesline Project

  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month (observed in April)

  • Take Back the Night rally & march

  • Survivors Speak open mic

  • Residential Community/RLC presentations

  • "Invisible War" screening and discussion (

Other events in which SCU Violence Prevention Program have participated:

  • “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” in downtown San Jose

  • S2S (Student 2 Student) at Los Gatos High School

  • Volunteer at HomeSafe, a local women’s shelter in Santa Clara


Signs and signals a friend may have been sexually assaulted:

  • Depressed or irritable moods, thoughts of suicide

  • Loss of interest in most activities

  • Changes in sleep patterns, appetite or weight, energy level

  • Nightmares, flashbacks

  • Fear for one’s own safety

  • Withdrawal from family and friends

  • Excessive guilt, self blame, or feelings of worthlessness

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Anxiety

  • Being excessively alert and easily startled

  • General mistrust

Although it might be intimidating to ask a friend if something is wrong, it is always better to ask than ignore the problem. Even if it’s not because of a sexual assault, your friend probably has something he or she needs to talk about.

How to help a friend who has been sexually assaulted:

  • Let your friend know you are there to help.

  • Let your friend know that it is NOT their FAULT!

  • Listen actively to what your friend wants to tell you.

  • Believe everything they are telling you.

  • Your friend is vulnerable and trusting you in order to open up.

  • Do not pry for information.

  • Your friend will voluntarily tell you what they are comfortable sharing.

  • Do NOT question them about anything:

    • Don’t ask what your friend was wearing.

    • Don’t ask how much your friend had to drink.

      • These questions can make your friend feel as though you are passing judgment.

  • Encourage your friend to tell a professional trained to deal with sexual assault and get help.

    • Go to the hospital and ask for a SART nurse.

    • File a police report.

    • Go to a Residence Life staff member (student staff, senior staff, or professional staff), Spirituality Facilitator ("RM"), faculty of staff member.

  • Utilize the on- and off-campus resources.

  • If your friend does not feel comfortable getting additional help yet, do not force your friend.

  • Respect your friend's confidentiality and do not tell anyone what they disclosed to you.

How to be an effective bystander for a friend:

  • Try to come up with a plan or signal before going out so that you know when to step in if your friend needs help.

  • Come up with a distraction or way to shift the attention, such as saying to your friend, “Hey, can you help me find the bathroom?”

How to be an effective bystander for a acquaintance/stranger:

  • If you’re uncomfortable approaching a stranger, bring a friend or two to help intervene. You don’t have to do it alone.

  • There is power and safety in numbers so intervening as a group can an effective method for getting involved.

  • Approach everyone in a non-threatening manner and avoid antagonistic behavior.

  • Recruit more help if necessary.

  • If things get out of hand or become too serious, contact the police.


On-Campus Support Resources

Campus Safety

  • (408) 554-4441 (Non-Emergency)

  • (408) 554-4444 (Emergency)

Cowell Center

  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

  • Student Health Services

Office of Student Life

Wellness Center

Off-Campus Support Resources

Emergency 911 (from a cell phone; program these in now)

  • (408) 615-5580 – in Santa Clara

  • (408) 277-8911 – in San Jose

Santa Clara Police Department


Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Statistics Resources

RAINN ( allows for the reader to look at statistics about victims, sexual assault numbers, reporting to the police and rapists. ( provides 45 statistical facts about violence against women including sexual assault, acquaintance rape and domestic violence as well as others.

The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault ( website provides a complete statistical report for 2008. Scroll down the page to 2008 Research Report and download the study.

The Santa Clara Student Handbook ( Section II.U provides SCU’s Sexual Assault Reporting Protocol as well as helpful definitions.

How to Get Involved

What you can do to support the cause:

  • Join SCU Violence Prevention Program

  • Work for the Office of Student Life on the Sexual Misconduct Judicial Board

  • Help work on next year’s Tunnel of Oppression & Tunnel of Hope

  • Join the V-Day movement – visit:

  • Be part of the V-Day (Vagina Monologues) cast for the 2013-2014 school year – contact the Women and Gender Studies Department at SCU

  • Join the new national V-Day group, V-Men – visit:

  • Volunteer at YWCA of Silicon Valley located in San Jose – Visit:

  • Be a part of the local “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event – visit:

  • Get educated and learn tips to becoming an effective bystander

  • Be an effective bystander for your friends, peers, fellow SCU Broncos, and the Santa Clara community!

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