Relationship Violence Awareness Month

During the month of October, Pitt comes together to recognize and support the members of our community who have been affected by relationship violence and all forms of sexual misconduct.  As a community, we also work to promote healthy relationships and provide education to help folks recognize the signs of an abusive relationship.   

Please join us this October, and every month, as we work to make Pitt a safer and more inclusive space.

Students hold signs during the sexual violence resource fair Whiteboard with examples of signs of an unhealthy relationship

October Events and Opportunities

Workshop: Supporting Survivors of Sexual Misconduct

October 7, 2020


Register for Supporting Survivors of Sexual Misconduct 

Join Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR) and the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX for an interactive workshop designed to help faculty and staff members best support survivors of sexual misconduct.  The workshop will discuss the effects of trauma, how to respond to disclosures of sexual violence, how to provide ongoing support and Pitt specific resources.

Workshop: My Voice Has Power: A Bystander Intervention Discussion

Tuesday, October 13th


Register for My Voice Has Power: A Bystander Intervention Discussion

This discussion-cased session is designed to help community members recognize and respond to harassment and discrimination on a college campus.  Participants will learn and shape tips for how to intervene or act as an ally.  Case scenarios will be discussed throughout the session, with an emphasis on case involving relationship violence.

Shattering the Statistics: A Collective Effort Towards Ending Sexual Violence

October 15, 2020


Series Topic: Defining the Problem

Register for Defining the Problem  

The University of Pittsburgh’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Office will be launching a new educational series, Shattering the Statistics: A Collective Effort Towards Ending Sexual Violence.  This educational series will be targeted towards the University community to explore and bring awareness to issues around sexual misconduct and ongoing prevention initiatives. 

The first installment in the series, titled, Defining the Problem—will be held on Thursday, October 15th (12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.) and will explore statistics and trends regarding sexual violence and relationship violence, with an emphasis on college campuses. 

SETPoint FORCE: Foundations of Respect, Confidence, and Empowerment

October 17 and October 18, 2020

1:30pm-4:30pm (both days)

Cathedral Lawn

Register for SETPoint FORCE

This outside program will require participates to social distance and wear masks

FORCE is a two-part Empowerment-Based Self Defense (ESD) workshop series. Grounded in academic research, SETPoint curriculum offers a multi-faceted approach which provides a powerful, coordinated, and preventative approach to reducing sexual assault and gender-based violence. SETPoint offers a broad picture of “self-defense” that does not focus solely on physical resistance skills, but emphasizes empowerment training that helps individuals find their voice, project confidence, learn to interpret a situation, and know that they have the right and the strength to act upon a situation. In addition, SETPoint coaching philosophy is trauma-informed and gender inclusive. Upon completion, participants will receive a Giant Eagle gift certificate, a mask and self-defense munio.

SETPoint Empowerment Self Defense Training

October 21, 2020


Cathedral Lawn; Zoom if inclement weather

Register for SETPoint Empowerment

Join SETpoint as we explore ways to enhance personal safety through the basics of Empowerment Self Defense (ESD). ESD curriculum offers a multi-faceted perspective that provides a powerful, coordinated, and preventative approach to reducing sexual assault and gender-based violence. SETpoint’s coaching philosophy is trauma-informed, survivor-centered, and inclusive.

This in-person 90-minute outdoor session will introduce:

  • Situational Awareness: learning to recognize unhealthy behaviors and situations;
  • Boundary Setting through voice and stance;
  • Effective concepts for Physical Resistance; and
  • Survivor Advocacy and Resources.

Shattering the Statistics, Unpacking the New Title IX Regulations

October 22, 2020


Series Topic: Unpacking the New Title IX Regulations

Register for Unpacking the New Title IX Regulations

The second installment of the series, Shattering the Statistics, will feature a panel of experts who will discuss the new Title IX regulations mandated by the Department of Education.  The panel will discuss Title IX regulations from both a Pitt specific and general higher education perspective.              

Workshop: Healthy Relationships for Graduate and Undergraduate Students

October 22, 2020


Register fo Healthy Relationships for Graduate and Undergraduate Students

This workshop, facilitated by SAFE peer educators, will help participants be able to identify the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships. Information will be provided for supporting peers who have been affected by dating violence or abuse.  This workshop is open to all Pitt students.