Consent is So Frat

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#AFAAM – An Organizational Commitment to Preventing Sexual Violence in the Greek Community

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Today wraps up the 2014 Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Annual Meeting(AFAAM). The usual discussions were present – leadership, philanthropy, hazing, alcohol – but one other topic found itself highlighted at the conference – the prevention of sexual violence within the Greek community. We were thrilled to see several programs on this topic:

1) How To Create A Culture of Collective Accountability through Active Bystander Behavior – This session, about the BeVocal program out of the University of Texas at Austin, is a fantastic introduction of bystander intervention education to the Greek community, from a program which works with Greek organizations at a school with a substantial Greek population. Bystander education is an important part of creating a culture of consent and sexual assault prevention in fraternities and sororities, so it’s great to see BeVocal at AFAAM!

2) Title IX & Campus SaVE Act: Implications & Practical Prevention for the Fraternity/Sorority Advisor – Government action on sexual assault prevention is a significant call for change directed at colleges and universities, it’s important that Fraternity/Sorority Advisors are a part of the conversation and are educated about what they can do to make these changes. Seeing this discussion at AFAAM shows a commitment from the Professional Greek community to stay up to date with the changes of their University and to make an institutional commitment to the prevention of sexual violence.

3) How to Speak to Fraternity Men about Sexual Misconduct – Despite a recognition from members of the Greek community that sexual violence is something we need to address, we often struggle about how to talk with fraternity men about these topics. This is significant to our work, coming from within the Greek community we want to talk with fraternity men, as well as sorority women, in a way that allows us to take ownership of this issue and recognize the strengths we have to make a difference. This program gives advisors the tools to talk about sexual misconduct, and introduces them to best practices for prevention. Check out presenter Aaron Boe’s awesome work, as a fraternity brother, to have these difficult conversations with Greek communities around the country! We’re happy to see the Greek community at AFAAM begin to talk about the best ways about doing this work.

4) The Dark Power of Fraternities: A Conversation with Caitlin Flanagan – Caitlin Flanagan’s article in The Atlantic, The Dark Power of Fraternities, made a clear statement to individuals in the Greek community, there are problems which need serious attention. There is no question that these problems existed before Flanagan’s article, but this was a large statement about changes that need to be made. It shows a serious recognition of the problem, and an even greater commitment to action, by AFA to invite Caitlin Flanagan to present at AFAAM as a Featured Program. The conversation is a step towards the Greek community’s full-institutional commitment to make promoting consent and preventing sexual violence part of being Greek.

Evidence of the effect this year’s commitment to preventing sexual violence and creating a culture of consent within Greek life was seen in the tweets coming out of the conference, with the hashtag AFAAM. Here our some of our favorite #AFAAM tweets:

We’re excited to see what actions come out of the AFAAM commitment to sexual violence prevention as a significant goal of the Greek community. We were happy to see many of our partners in our work at AFAAM and look forward to working with members of the Greek community who are working to make promoting consent and preventing sexual violence part of what it means to be Greek!

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