Throughout the year, students plan all sorts of events and awareness campaigns to reach their peers. You might play “Family Feud” with relevant questions, for example, and or host a discussion about gender, race and violence in video games. One popular awareness campaign, “These Hands Don’t Hurt,” encourages you to declare what you do with your hands — instead of hurting people — in Magic Marker on your palms (examples include “give high-fives” and “write my thesis”), then post the pictures on social media.

There are many ways to get involved, including becoming an intern or joining SafetyNet, a group of student activists. Or, simply attend an event or show your support during Domestic Violence Awareness Month or Sexual Assualt Awareness Month.


The Office of Sexual Violence Prevention and Advocacy interns work closely with the director to develop and facilitate programming regarding sexual violence, domestic/dating violence and stalking. They help organize and lead in-service trainings and orientation sessions and coordinate prevention and awareness campaigns.


The mission of our interns is to partner with campus members and community agencies to foster individual and collective action to end sexual and relationship violence.

Become an intern

Applications for interns are accepted in the spring for the next academic year. Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year will be due on Friday, February 15, 2019

Those who are interested in applying to become an intern are highly encouraged to attend an info session to learn more about the position requirements and application process. Info sessions will be held:

  • Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 12:00 pm in the Womxn's Center
  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the Unity House Pepsico Room

If you are interested in becoming an intern, please contact Rachel Stewart, director of sexual violence prevention and advocacy, at or call 860-439-2219. (Please note: Due to reporting structures, Housefellows and Floor Governors cannot be interns but can be members of SafetyNet.)

Basic requirements

  • Must be a Green Dot graduate
  • Must be committed to the cause and interested in social engagement to raise awareness regarding sexual violence, dating violence and stalking
  • Must have the ability to collaborate with faculty, staff, students and community members to provide educational programming and foster an environment that truly engages students to act with integrity, civility and the utmost respect for the dignity of all human beings as inspired by the Connecticut College Honor Code
  • Must have excellent communication and organizational skills and feel comfortable speaking in front of groups
  • Must be able to work both independently and as a member of a team
  • Must demonstrate respect for and sensitivity to others and maintain confidentiality within the office to ensure compliance with FERPA laws
  • Must be in good academic, social and judicial standing


SafetyNet is the peer education component of the Office of Sexual Violence Prevention and Advocacy and is composed of sophomores, juniors and seniors who are trained on the topics of sexual assault, dating violence and stalking.

These students provide educational programs to student groups and residence halls and assist in planning awareness activities particularly during October (Domestic Violence Awareness Month) and April (Sexual Assault Awareness Month).


The mission of Connecticut College’s SafetyNet is to use our role as peers to influence the campus community through education, awareness and prevention strategies in order to foster a safer, more proactive and engaged environment that will ultimately reduce the occurrence of power-based personal violence.

Become a SafetyNetter

Students who are passionate about the issues of dating/domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking are encouraged to apply in the spring for the next academic year. Email for an application.

Basic requirements

  • Must have sophomore, junior or senior academic status
  • Must be willing to commit to at least two semesters of service
  • Must co-facilitate at least one residence hall presentation per semester
  • Must conduct other trainings as required with the director of sexual violence prevention and advocacy
  • Must attend mandatory events, including Fall and Spring SafetyNet training sessions, campus awareness projects, annual breakfast meeting, etc.
  • Must participate in projects and chair at least one project per year
  • Must staff informational booths as needed

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October has been recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) since 1987 and is signified by a purple ribbon. To raise awareness during this time, the Office of Sexual Violence Prevention and Advocacy sponsors many events, including These Hands Don’t Hurt, The Clothesline Project, Purple Ribbon Campaign, speakers, etc.

To learn more or get involved, email

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and, which is represented by a teal ribbon. Numerous events are sponsored during this month, including the White Ribbon Campaign, which engages men in the fight against sexual assault; the Teal Ribbon Campaign; Take Back The Night, and more.

To learn more or get involved, email

Our programs are also regularly listed on the Connecticut College Online Calendar of Events.