What is SAPE?
The Sexual Assault Peer Education (SAPE) program was created to provide an opportunity for students to play a meaningful role in moving Brown toward a culture of consent. Working in concert with BWell Office of Health Promotion, SAPE is one of the prominent prevention programs addressing these issues on Brown’s campus. SAPE’s members range from athletes to Brown Daily Herald reporters and from acapella singers to members of Greek organizations. 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 gender-based violence. Workshops, rather than prescribing how students should think and act when confronting sexual violence, will make space for each individual group to develop aspirational behaviors and values which support a safer, healthier, and happier community. This module-based curriculum can be tailored to specific audiences and provide variety in subject matter for groups if follow-up workshops are requested.
While educators are wellserved by having previous knowledge with regards to the issues SAPE works on, as well as previous experience facilitating, there is no prerequisite for joining. We will consider all applicants and find ways for folks to build the necessary knowledge base and skill set if necessary. Educators are expected to facilitate two to three workshops with a partner per semester. You and the SAPE Lead Peer Educators will work together to determine locations and times for workshops. The SAPE staff coordinators will also be available to advise and provide insight and feedback on an ongoing basis.
Is there training?
Yes! We are hold intensive training at the beginning of each semester for new peer educators. Additional training sessions are also provided and required. 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 good care of yourself. Trainings, debriefing sessions and individual meetings will be designed to provide support for all peer educators.
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. We welcome you to attend a meeting, meet members, and learn more about the program. To officially join, we ask that you complete a short application and a subsequent interview. We accept applications on a rolling basis. You can download an application here.
For more information, email SAPE@brown.edu.