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Prevention First

We believe prevention comes first. We know that violence is 100% preventable, and we believe that, as a UC Berkeley community, we have a moral imperative to prevent violence and suffering.

Sexual violence and harassment are complex problems, and demand a multilayered solution. 

Prevention first

Individual: Personal conditions and characteristics that influence sexual violence.

Relationship: Learned attitudes and behaviors from family, intimate partners, and friends.

Community: Social norms, publicly stated values, and practices within groups.

Institutional: Organizational conditions and policies that influence sexual violence.

Societal: Broad societal and cultural norms that condone and accept violence and inequality.


Everyone deserves to be safe. Below are our current campuswide prevention messages. Please feel free to share them widely.


Healthy relationships respect boundaries.Most people at Berkeley want to intervene when noticing sexual harassment.