SAFE (Sexual Assault Facilitation and Education) Peer Education Workshops

The SAFE peer education program is based on the concept of “students teaching students”.   Facilitators present workshops to their peers on campus on various issues, including sexual assault awareness, university resources, prevention, and bystander intervention training.   During mandatory training, peer educators will gain valuable communication and presentation skills to raise awareness about sexual assault on Pitt’s campus.

Available Programs:

  • Bystander Education Training
    This interactive program offers participants the opportunity identify themselves as active bystanders when they observe others in distressing situations.   Participants will begin to identify strategies and utilize communication skills necessary for intervention in unsafe situations, such as a potential sexual assault or harassment.   Information about consent and student resources for sexual violence are included in this one-hour program.
  • Healthy Relationships
    This workshop will help participants be able to identify the characteristics  of a healthy and unhealthy relationship.   Information will be provided for supporting peers who have been affected by dating violence or abuse.
  • Healthy Masculinity:
    We will explore qualities traditionally associated with men, the impact of media, and the connection between masculinity and health.   This program challenges you to create a new and improved definition of maleness for your community.
  • Talk Dirty to Me:
    Consent is often thought as a contract; our goal is to get you to view it as fun.   This program will include discussions on what makes for bad sex, as well as the elements needed for good, mutually enjoyable sex.   Activities and contraception will be provided!

It’s on Us

It’s on US to ensure that we have consent.

  • Consent is an agreement between participants to engage in sexual activity.
  • Consent is a decision to be made freely and actively by all parties to engage in what is mutually acceptable sexual activity.
  • Never assume you have consent.
  • The only way to know for sure is to ask.
  • Know that past consent does not guarantee future consent.
  • You cannot obtain consent by force, manipulation, or coercion.
  • There is NO consent if a person is mentally or physically incapacitated due to drugs or alcohol.
  • The University of Pittsburgh does not tolerate sexual violence of any kind.

To show our commitment to preventing sexual violence in our community, Pitt is participating in the White House Task Force’s “It’s On Us” initiative.   Visit to join your fellow students in signing the pledge.

Be an Active Bystander

It’s on all of us to look out for one another to create a climate of safety on and around our Pitt campus.   To be an active bystander means to take the initiative to help others who may be in an unsafe or distressing situation.   Active bystanders can also assist friends who may not be thinking clearly by helping to prevent them from acting in unsafe or distressing ways towards other people.   The first step is to notice people, events, and situations around you.   Next, assess for safety and ensure that all parties are safe or whether or not a situation requires reaching out for help from authorities.   When deciding to intervene, your personal safety is a priority.   The best strategy is to alert others in the group that you notice something inappropriate is occurring and work with the group to resolve a situation safely.

Some strategies include:

  • Use assertive communication to check on others to ensure how they are feeling about a situation.
  • Use distraction to assist others to get away from a potentially bad situation.
  • Call the police.
  • Alert bartender or party hosts that someone has had too much to drink or could be in trouble.
  • Speak up when you hear racist, sexist, or homophobic speech or call out disrespectful behavior in an assertive, non-threatening manner.