The Violence Prevention programming (including PEACE initiatives and Prevention Peer Educators) aims to prevent and respond to sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking through prevention education, collaboration, outreach, and advocacy. The Violence Prevention office is committed to taking a survivor-centered approach, which means that if a student is victimized, they are given the options and make the decisions about what services they would like to access. If the survivor reaches out to a Prevention Peer Educator, they are able to make the choice on whether or not they would like to report the incident. Students will be informed that when survivors report to a Benedictine University faculty or staff member, these employees are required to report to the Title IX Coordinator and Campus Security Authorities are required to report to the police. Prevention Peer Educators are required to use confidential services, such as the Counseling Center or our victim services partners as a resource and are not expected to take on peer disclosures alone. Prevention Peer Educators will explain to students that if they choose to report to Title IX, this does not automatically require an investigation but will give them further access to support services and potential accommodations for housing or academic support. When survivors report to Campus Security Authorities they have the right to remain anonymous.
As leaders in their community, Prevention Peer Educators are critical to violence prevention and response work at Benedictine University. They provide education, advocacy, and support to students across campus and to the local community through awareness raising events, interactive workshops, and information sharing. This year the Prevention Peer Educators will begin office hours at the Neff Center to increase visibility.
Peer Educators gain professional development by practicing skills of leadership, public speaking, and networking while also serving their community. Presentation topics include sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking as well as bystander intervention, consent, and resource referral.
To apply for this volunteer opportunity please fill out the application below. Students may be selected each semester to begin the program the following semester. Applicants will receive an interview, and if selected, will complete training.
All questions may be directed to Bernadette Muloski, Violence Against Women Act Grant Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 829-1326.
For additional information about the application process, peer educator responsibilities and program guidelines, please review the Prevention Peer Educator Guidelines here.