Not on Our Grounds is a University of Virginia initiative dedicated to ending sexual violence in our community through a series of awareness campaigns and prevention education and outreach efforts. It is an umbrella initiative encompassing four main components: 1. Student Advocacy groups and events; 2. Coalition Building with faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni & community members; 3. Green Dot Bystander Training; and 4. the #HoosGotYourBack awareness campaign.
While the topic of sexual assault on college and universities across the country has gained the attention of President Obama, members of Congress, the news media, and most recently Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, there are still far too many people who are unaware of the issue.
The University is committed to changing that. We want to make it clear that this is a critical societal issue that deserves the attention of everyone in our community—and that each of us has the power to step in and help someone we believe might be vulnerable to sexual violence.
This website is intended to be a ready reference guide for our UVA community members wanting to learn more about the issue and how we can prevent it. The site includes information on prevention and advocacy groups, bystander and sexual assault awareness videos, news articles, and links to a number of other campaigns around the country. In addition, it provides information about how to get involved on Grounds and ways to educate others about being an active bystander. It also will direct you to the University's Sexual Violence Education & Resources website, where you'll find more detailed information regarding what to do in the case of a sexual assault, how to report an assault, and the University's policy and procedures regarding sexual assault.
We are hoping that students, staff members, faculty, and the broader community use this site as a toolkit for taking the first steps to becoming informed. If you would like to have an introductory overview of sexual assault, do more reading, or get in touch with someone in the University community who is well-versed on the issues, this site will be of help.