Violence Prevention Grant

About the Grant

The Weber State University Safe@Weber Violence Prevention and Advocacy Services program received a $50,000 grant from the Utah Department of Health to develop a violence prevention workshop that focuses on navigating LGBTQ sexual relationships, consent, and preventing sexual assault with members of the Weber State LGBTQ+ community, the Weber State University LGBT Resource Center, and OUTreach Resource Centers.

This curriculum will help us in our goals to provide involvement opportunities for our LGBTQ+ community to reduce their risk and increase their protective factors against sexual violence, increase their confidence and sense of empowerment around sexual communication, all while learning about and practicing behaviors that protect against violence within and targetted at the LGBTQ+ community.

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Why the Grant is Important

Research shows that LGBTQ individuals in the United States experience particularly high rates of sexual violence. We want to address this issue by gathering research to then create a curriculum to educate our WSU community. We are using community participatory research techniques throughout this project so that we are able to include many voices and lived experiences of LGBTQ+ folks in Utah. This project will allow us to create a curriculum that is socio-culturally informed by our LGBTQ community, that includes real scenarios faced in our LGBTQ community, and deals with the intersections of homophobia, internalized oppression, transphobia, and sexual violence.

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