What is SAPE?
The Sexual Assault Peer Education (SAPE) program provides an opportunity for students to play a meaningful role in moving Brown toward a culture of consent. Working with BWell Health Promotion, SAPE is one of the prominent prevention programs addressing these issues on Brown’s campus. The group is open to all students. Our student-designed curriculum focuses on understanding systems of oppression, dismantling rape culture, and creating community-based plans for accountability and change. Facilitators will be able to articulate how power underlies a variety of different experiences of interpersonal violence. Workshops, rather than prescribing how students should think and act when confronting violence, will make space for each individual group to develop aspirational behaviors which support a safer, healthier, and happier community.
While educators benefit from previous knowledge about interpersonal violence and experience facilitating, there is no prerequisite for joining. We will consider all applicants and offer training and support to build the necessary knowledge base and skill set.
SAPE Peer Educators co-facilitate two to three workshops per semester. You and the SAPE Lead Peer Educators will work together to plan and present the workshops. The SAPE staff coordinator will also be available to advise and provide insight and feedback on an ongoing basis.
How do I join?
SAPE is always looking for a diverse group of people to serve as members. Sexual violence can happen to anyone, regardless of race, class, sexual orientation, education level, gender expression or gender identity. To officially join, we ask that you complete a short application and a subsequent interview and attend the Spring training session (dates TBD). You can complete an online application here.
Contact SAPE@brown.edu with any questions!
Is there training?
Yes! We host a retreat style training to train all new members on the student-designed curriculum.
Safety and self-care are major aspects of this program. Because this is a difficult topic to work on, we will help you make sure that you are taking care of yourself. Trainings, debriefing sessions, opportunities for professional development, and individual meetings are designed to provide support for all peer educators.
When does the group meet?
The group meets once a month. Lunch is provided.
We also hold Facilitation Roundtables once a month for people to come and get facilitation training and tips from our Lead Peer Educators, as well as to ask any questions about facilitating or talk about recent workshops.
Attendance at these meetings, while not mandatory, is strongly encouraged as it helps everyone to stay on the same page, support each other, and do our best work.