“Without new visions, we don’t know what to build, only what to knock down. We not only end up confused, rudderless, and cynical, but we forget that making a revolution is not a series of clever maneuvers and tactics, but a process that can and must transform us” ― Robin D.G. Kelley, Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination
What is SAPE?
The Sexual Assault Peer Education (SAPE) is a collectively accountable and mutually supportive community of Brown University students who are grounded in intersectional feminism and dedicated to shaping campus culture around sexual, relationship, and gender-based harm. We provide preventative education for our peer communities to actively engage in consent, intervention, survivor support and community healing.
Working with BWell Health Promotion, SAPE is one of the programs at Brown that provides an opportunity for students to play a meaningful role in moving Brown towards a culture of consent. SAPE Peer Educators co-facilitate workshops and engage in outreach work in the broader campus community.
***This group is open to all students, of all identities and experiences.
There are many communities whose voices have been historically left out of these violence prevention spaces and conversations (for example, people with disabilities, people of color (POC), and people who identify as LGBTQIA+). We seek to lift up and center the voices of those most impacted.
What does SAPE teach?
Our curriculum was designed for Brown through the collaboration of students and staff, and primarily written by student authors. The curriculum focuses on:
- understanding systems of oppression and how they relate to sexual and gender-based violence,
- the foundational elements of consent and how to support those who have experienced harm
- information and inspiration to dismantle harmful cultural norms
- creating community-based plans for care, action, and change.
Rather than prescribing how students should think and act, workshops make space for each individual group to develop sustainable plans to create change and recognize harm in its many manifestations.
Is there training?
Yes! Wwe will host a retreat-style virtual workshop in the Spring to train all new members on the SAPE curriculum, background and theory, and facilitation skills.
All new members will also be invited to a BWell Peer Educator training for all of the peer ed groups (SAPE, SHAG, MPE, BURP, Social Wellness) on theory, skill building, and community care across the peer ed programs!
What are the requirements to apply?
While facilitation experience and/or previous knowledge about sexual, relationship, and gender-based violence are beneficial, there are no prerequisites for joining SAPE. We will consider all applicants and offer training and support to build the necessary knowledge base and skill set to do this work effectively.
Safety & Care
Safety and self-care are major aspects of this program. Because this is a difficult topic to work on, we will help support you to care of yourself. Trainings, meetings, and opportunities for professional development are designed to provide support for all peer educators.
When does the group meet?
The group generally meets twice a month for all SAPE meetings, professional development opportunities, or community learning sessions. Meetings will be on Mondays at 2PM EST. 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. Asynchronous meetings will be held whenever possible!
How do I join?
SAPE is looking for a diverse group of people to serve as members including those willing to take a critical lens to the work and examine the impacts of Whiteness and White Feminism on sexual violence as well as violence prevention and response efforts. To officially join, we ask that you complete this short application by February 19. If you are selected to interview by the committee made up of student SAPE volunteers & staff, we will reach out to you by email!
Please contact [email protected] with any questions! Thank you so much!