Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct or PRSM is a peer education program designed to provide education and skills necessary to create a campus free of all forms of gender-based discrimination and harassment, including sexual violence.
PRSM is affiliated with the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, which includes Title IX. Its workshops explore a range of issues, including consent, intimate partner violence, bystander intervention, survivor support, and more. PRSM has conducted workshops on campus with first-years, athletic teams, coaches, student union staff, and more populations.
Who is PRSM?
PRSM consists of student workshop trainers who conduct workshops with students and staffs, create new trainings, and lead other awareness, prevention, and support initiatives throughout campus.
Workshop trainers receive administrative support, workshop content guidance, education and resources, and advising from the equity, diversity, and inclusion staff. PRSM staff and students also collaborate with other student organizations on campus to create community-specific workshops.
The Essentials is the required workshop for all incoming students (first-years and transfers). Within two years, all Oberlin students will have received this training. The Essentials covers consent, alcohol and sexual misconduct, and intimate partner violence. This workshop is focused on prevention and developing good consent practices, which is an important step in creating a safe community for all students.
Bystander Intervention was piloted with athletic teams last year before opening up to all interested students. Bystander Intervention discusses how we all, as members of the Oberlin community, have a responsibility to prevent sexual misconduct. This workshop provides students and staff with tangible strategies for identifying and preventing sexual misconduct while emphasizing that safety is the ultimate goal for all.
PRSM also assists with editing and creating new scenes for The OC, the student play all first-years attend during Orientation. The OC covers such topics as sexual assault, consent, intimate partner violence, drinking, privilege and oppression, and more through engaging scenes acted out by RAs (resident assistants). PRSM aims to make sexual violence prevention education accessible to all students, and is always looking for new ways to effectively engage with the student body.
Contact PRSM at PRSM@oberlin.edu to request a training for your group or organization, or for information on how to get involved with PRSM.