Not on Our Grounds

A University of Virginia Initiative to End Sexual Violence

Sexual Assault Advocacy, Prevention, and Education Groups

The Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition

The Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition (SVPC) is an umbrella organization that helps bring together the various groups invested in sexual assault prevention and education. SVPC consists of One in Four, One Less, the White Ribbon Campaign, Feminism Is For Everyone, ADAPT, and Peer Health Educators. SVPC works with these groups as well as UVa administration to shape UVa and student response to sexual assault. SVPC also puts on annual awareness events such as Take Back The Night. Contact: Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition.

One Less

One Less is an all-female sexual assault and relationship violence education group that advocates for survivors of rape and sexual assault living in the University community. One Less offers a one-hour program that helps raise awareness about sexual violence and focuses on ways peers can help and support survivors.

One in Four

One in Four is an all-male sexual assault peer education group at UVa. One in Four presents a one-hour program, "How to Help a Sexual Assault Survivor: What Men Can Do," to any group of men who will listen—sports teams, residence hall students, student organizations, fraternities, off-campus groups—anyone. They also perform for coed audiences from time to time under special circumstances.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team

The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) is dedicated to addressing the issues of alcohol and other drug abuse in the UVa community. As peer educators, ADAPT promotes awareness, provides educational outreach, and serves as accessible resources for our fellow students. The primary purpose is to minimize the abuse of alcohol and other drugs and their effects in an effort to promote a healthier environment at our University.

Peer Health Educators

The Peer Health Educators (PHEs) are a group of UVa students trained to educate their classmates about college health and wellness issues in a positive, interactive, fun, and non-judgmental manner. Comprehensive training prepares the PHEs to provide confidential patient education sessions; facilitate dynamic outreach programs; encourage physical, mental, and spiritual health; create informative awareness events; and promote community support to create a healthy campus culture. Outreach can be conducted on any of the following four topics: mental wellness and stress; healthy eating and active living; alcohol and other drugs; and sexual health.

Men's Leadership Project

The Men's Leadership Project (MLP) is an innovative community-based leadership development and mentoring program, co-sponsored by the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center and the Curry School of Education’s Youth and Social Innovation major that is designed to build and reinforce authentic and responsible leadership capacities of both undergraduate men and middle school boys. MLP accomplishes this mission by training and pairing a diverse group of undergraduate men with a select group of seventh grade boys. MLP is especially committed to understanding a wide range of masculinities, fostering a gender-aware perspective on leadership development and mentoring and encouraging active participation in respectful, healthy, pro-social and anti-violent community roles for those who identify as men and boys.

Feminism Is For Everyone

Feminism is For Everyone (FIFE) is a feminist organization dedicated to fostering feminist community and promoting activism for gender equality at UVa and in the greater Charlottesville community.

Take Back The Night

Organized by the Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition and supported by the Women's Center Sexual & Domestic Violence Services and the Office of the Dean of Students, Take Back The Night (TBTN) is series of events mid-April each year to educate the public, support survivors, and make a loud call to end gender violence in our community. Applications for the executive board are solicited in the spring semester each year.

Request a Presentation

To request a presentation from one of these organizations, please complete the online form.

Contracted Independent Organizations (CIOs) are not a part of or an agency of the University of Virginia. They are separate and independent organizations. They are responsible for and manage their own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise, or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization's contracts, acts, or omissions.