Teal ribbon stickers will be on football helmets when the Black Hills State University “Not Here, Not Anywhere” sexual violence awareness and prevention Premier Event takes place Saturday, Oct. 12 during the BHSU vs. SD Mines football game and BHSU vs. Chadron State volleyball game. “Not Here, Not Anywhere” aims to fundamentally shift the way we think about sexual violence, by inspiring everyone to see it is our responsibility to do something, big or small, to prevent it.
For the past three years, a new tradition “Not Here, Not Anywhere” has been associated with the historic Battle for the Homestake Trophy. Teal-colored awareness ribbons signifying a unified stance against sexual violence and support for victims will adorn fans, players and coaches at the Oct. 12 Black Hills State University football (vs. South Dakota School of Mines & Technology) and volleyball (vs. Chadron State) games. The Oct. 12 “Not Here, Not Anywhere”
Premier Event also includes a special half-time presidential presentation.
This is the third year since BHSU launched the Not Here, Not Anywhere campaign concentrating on the elimination of sexual violence via awareness building, survivor support and up-stander interventions. “There is great interest—national and local—on the topic of sexual violence, and people are eager to learn more about what they can do to prevent it,” BHSU Title IX Administrator Michael Isaacson said. “This campaign aims to engage everyone within the campus community — including students, administrators, professors, parents, and community members — to energize action and to help all of us see the roles we can play in eliminating sexual violence.”
The Premier Event is a unified program among the BHSU and SD Mines student leaders as well as staff and athletics from both institutions. The “Not Here, Not Anywhere” campaign seeks to engage college students and all members of the community in preventing sexual violence in the first place. In addition to BHSU and SD Mines, campaign partners include High Country Coca-Cola and the Northern Hills Sexual Response Team.
Isaacson said “Not Here, Not Anywhere” aims to fundamentally shift the way we think about sexual violence by inspiring everyone to see it is our responsibility to do something, big or small, to prevent it. The campaign reflects the belief that sexual violence is not just an issue involving an offense committed by a perpetrator against a victim, but one in which all of us have an important role.
“Black Hills State University is committed to creating an environment where sexual violence in any form is unacceptable and survivors are supported. This effort will support student-led efforts already underway and will focus particularly on motivating up-stander interventions,” said Isaacson.
Current research on preventing campus sexual violence shows wide-ranging, population-based strategies like up-stander intervention – which address individual, community, campus and societal factors – have the greatest potential to effect positive and meaningful change.
Up-stander intervention can be an effective way of stopping sexual assault before it happens, as up-standers play a key role in preventing, discouraging and/or intervening when an act of violence has the potential to occur.