Mentors in Violence Prevention
The Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Program, co-created by Jackson Katz in 1993, is a leadership program focused on preventing all forms of men’s violence against women. MVP is the premier program in the country working with student leaders on these issues. The multi-racial, mixed gender MVP Program is the first large-scale attempt to enlist collegiate leaders in the fight against this violence.
MVP National is presented in partnership by the Center of Study of Sport in Society and the National Consortium for Academics & Sports. MVP has been a part of UCF’s initiative in preventing violence and promoting civility, bystander intervention, and respect since 2011.
MVP Workshop Description: Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) training is a series of highly interactive facilitated discussions focusing on confronting, interrupting, and preventing gendered violence. Session goals are to; raise awareness, challenge thinking, open dialogue, and inspire leadership. MVP focuses on: the social construction of masculinity as it relates to unhealthy behavior, sexual objectification of women, sexual harassment, battering and sexual assault believes men and women need to work together to end gender violence on college campuses. By empowering men and women through a bystander approach to prevention, MVP enables campus communities to stand up against all forms of gender-based violence. The training opens dialogue regarding participant leadership around these issues providing program participants the leadership skills necessary to mentor and educate their peers and inform the University in maintaining the safest learning community possible.
If you’re interested in attending an MVP training session, to provide you with the tools and processes to help our entire community live and learn in a place that is safe, affirming and healthy, please visit our Workshops page to submit a workshop request.
When you witness situations of sexual or domestic violence, bullying, gender violence, bullying or any form of violence – What can you do? Assess, Choose, and Take Action. Be an Active Bystander!
Bystander Intervention Strategies
- Three parts: 1. State your feelings, 2. Name the behavior, 3. State how you want the person to respond. This focuses on your feelings rather than criticizing the other person.
- Example: “I feel ____ when you_____. Please don’t do that anymore.”
- Remember, you don’t have to speak to communicate. Sometimes a disapproving look can be far more powerful than words.
- Reduces the tension of an intervention and makes it easier for the person to hear you. Do not undermine what you say with too much humor. Funny doesn’t mean unimportant.
- There is safety and power in numbers. Best used with someone who has a clear pattern of inappropriate behavior where many examples can be presented as evidence of the problem.
Bring it Home
Prevents someone from distancing themselves from the impact of their actions.
- Example: “I hope no one ever talks about you like that.”
Prevents someone from dehumanizing their target.
- Example: What if someone said your friend deserved to be raped or called your family member a derogatory name?
We're Friends, Right?
Reframes the intervention as caring and non-critical.
- Example: “Hey, as your friend I’ve got to tell you that getting someone drunk to have sex with them is not cool, and could get you in a lot of trouble. Don’t do it.”
Snaps someone out of their “sexist comfort zone.”
- Example: Ask a man harassing a woman on the street for directions or the time.
Allows a potential target to move away and/or to have other friends intervene.
- Example: Spill your drink on the person or interrupt and start a conversation with the person.
(Adapted from The National Sexual Violence Resource Center Website: http://www.nsvrc.org/projects/150/bystander-intervention-resources, 2012)
Resources and Referrals
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