The Bystander Initiative in the News
“"Our students from Practical Strategies for Social Change take our course and get a university credit. And then, they take [Practicum in Social Change] to learn how to facilitate the course," said Cachon, adding student-led workshops allow other students to be more engaged.”
Bystander Training as Leadership Training: Notes on the Origins, Philosophy, and Pedagogy of the Mentors in Violence Prevention Model
Jackson Katz in Violence Against Women
“Leadership training and the bystander approach are closely aligned conceptually as well as practically.”
Book Review: Sexual Violence at Canadian Universities: Activism, Institutional Responses, and Strategies for Change
Ally Crawford in briarpatch
“Anne Forrest and Charlene Senn offer a case study of the University of Windsor’s bystander initiative, which led to the development of undergraduate courses across several disciplines designed to create “an anti-rape ethos supported by students.” The success of the initiative is attributed to the contributions of community partners and to the pre-existing structure of the curriculum to engage students of all genders and backgrounds as “change agents.””
Sarah Barmak in The Walrus
“A 2015 survey conducted by Charlene Senn, a professor in the University of Windsor’s psychology department and women’s studies program and an expert on sexual violence, and several colleagues, found that at least 25 percent of 442 first-year female university students had been coerced or faced attempted coercion into penetrative sex by men, through tactics including manipulation and threatening to end a relationship, in a twelve-month study period.”
The Silence Breakers (Audio)
From CBC Windsor Morning
“The Silence Breakers” have been named TIME magazines persons of the year. These are the women who blew the whistle on men they accuse of sexually harassing and sexually assaulting them. How is this magazine cover being received in Windsor?
Tony Doucette interviews Dr. Emily Rosser, University of Windsor
Lauren Pelley in the Toronto Star
Combating sexual assault at universities and mobilizing young men to be allies are also pieces of the puzzle, notes gender violence expert Emily Rosser, co-ordinator of the Bystander Initiative, a sexual assault prevention and education program at the University of Windsor.
Alan Wildeman in the Globe and Mail
At the University of Windsor, our Cross-Border Institute is looking at technological, legal and public-policy issues involved in moving people and goods from one country to another. Our research and education programs to prevent sexual violence against women are getting at one of the biggest realities any society must confront. Both undertakings address matters critical to Canada’s future, and rely heavily upon insights from the social sciences and humanities.
From Research Matters with Steven Fields
Dusty Johnstone discusses her work on Research Matters, a weekly talk show that focused on the work of University of Windsor researchers and aired every Thursday at 4:30 p.m. on CJAM 99.1 FM.
Erin Anderssen in the Globe and Mail
We would like to acknowledge how proud we are of this work that has been done by Dr. Charlene Senn, who is also one of the founders of the Bystander Initiative. Rape resistance education is a practical complement to sexual assault prevention strategies while we work on effecting cultural change.