Sexual Assault Peer Education

The Sexual Assault Peer Education (SAPE) Program is a group of students committed to preventing sexual violence at Towson University and beyond. We promote consent, empower active bystanders, teach healthy communication, and support survivors by educating our peers and ourselves.  

What is SAPE?

Sexual Assault Peer Educators (SAPEs) are Towson University students who are trained to provide accurate, accessible and helpful information to prevent sexual violence in our communities. SAPEs facilitate workshops and host events on bystander intervention, healthy relationships, and consent. 


SAPE EXPECTATIONS

  • completion of required initial training
  • attendance at weekly meetings
  • commitment of 5 hours per week of availability to facilitate programs and events for a minimum of two semesters
  • commitment to preventing sexual violence at TU and beyond
  • professionalism in communication with SAPEs, students, staff, and faculty 
  • maintaining personal emotional capacity to discuss sexual violence by practicing self care and other necessary measures 

Prior extensive knowledge of sexual violence prevention is not a prerequisite to be a SAPE. All Towson University students, with at least two semesters left, are welcome and encouraged to apply

Interested in being a SAPE? You may apply at any time of year and your application will be kept on file until we have openings. We typically conduct interviews in April and new SAPEs begin in August. 

More Information

Want More Information?

SAPE is a group of students committed to sexual violence prevention. We are not advocates or a response resource. If you are in crisis or looking for response resources, please follow these links for more information:

Workshop Offerings

To request a workshop for your hall, team, class or organization please complete the presentation request form. Please plan ahead and request a workshop with a minimum of two weeks notice. 

workshop options

Bystander Intervention

See something, say something. But what should you say? How can you step in if you’re not sure what to do? In this training you will learn skills and strategies to intervene in situations that could escalate to sexual violence. Through real-life examples, we’ll discuss common barriers to intervention and how to safely and creatively help a friend or stranger.  

Healthy Relationships

All relationships have conflict, but can you spot the red flags of an unhealthy relationship? This training teaches how to identify if a relationship is healthy or unhealthy and learn strategies for helping a friend. You will also learn healthy communication strategies for all types of relationships — from romantic to roommates.

Safe Squad Goals

How do you keep your squad safe? Learn bystander intervention and emergency response strategies that will keep your friends and the TU community safe by preventing violence or responding in an emergency situation involving drugs or alcohol. This training reviews the TU sexual misconduct policy and code of student conduct, provides information about TU specific resources, and teaches response strategies we can all use to keep each other safe.

Supporting Survivors

If you are a student leader, the odds are someone may come to you to ask for help after experiencing sexual violence. This workshop will train you to empathize and support friends and peers impacted by sexual violence. At the end of this training you will be able to identify sexual violence, understand the role of trauma in healing from sexual violence, and know TU, community, and self-care resources.

Title IX for Student Leaders

As a student leader it is important to understand your legal rights and responsibilities. In this training, you will learn federal and TU laws and policies related to sexual violence, how to identify sexual violence and consent, strategies to support friends and peers who have experienced sexual violence, the university process of reporting sexual violence, and on and off campus resources.