Educating for Justice: Creating a Mission-Driven Model of Bystander Intervention to Address Sexual Violence at U.S. Catholic Colleges and Universities

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Joy Galarneau
Shannon O’Neill

Abstract

This article presents bystander intervention education as a best-practice approach to sexual violence prevention in college settings. It draws out a connection between mission-specific resources that can be used to advance the prevention agenda, while examining how bystander intervention education can deepen community engagement in collegiate mission. The authors contend that Catholic colleges and universities have a unique opportunity to bring bystander intervention education and Catholic Social Teaching together so as to strengthen both pedagogical models and build a community free of sexual violence.

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Joy Galarneau, Siena College

Joy Galarneau is Associate Dean of Students at Siena College in New York.

Shannon O’Neill, Siena College

Shannon O’Neill is Director of the Sr. Thea Bowman Center for Women at Siena College in New York.