Our Mission

Image of seven t-shirts in a variety of colors for the clothesline project aimed at combating rape culture.

The Violence Prevention & Response Program is dedicated to creating and maintaining a safe and respectful campus environment by leading comprehensive and collaborative prevention initiatives, fostering a culture of community responsibility, and offering advocacy and support services to victims of interpersonal violence.


Our Values

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  • Sexual Violence Awareness
  • Student Advocacy
  • Inclusion and Belonging
  • Student Engagement
  • Collaboration


Our Staff

Director, Wellness & Gender Programs

Leah Tolliver

Email: tolliver@marshall.edu

Phone: 304-696-3112


Program Coordinator, Violence Prevention & Response Program

Alyssa Hager

Email: hager135@marshall.edu

Phone: 304-696-5701

2022 Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events

April 5, 11am-2pm: Teal Day

Join us on the MSC Plaza from 11am-2pm as we paint the campus teal in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Students can make teal slime, tie-dye t-shirts and masks, and write affirming messages in chalk across campus.

April 6, 10am-11am : Bystander Intervention Training

Want to learn how to be a positive bystander and advocate for a safer community? Join us virtually for bystander intervention. The training will be approximately 1 hour. To join the training, use the following link:


April 6, 6-7pm : Trauma-informed Yoga

Join us in MSC 2E28 for a trauma-informed yoga class. The class is designed to teach participants new poses and ways to become more self-aware of our bodies. Snacks and water will be available to participants, afterward. To register for the class, visit Herdlink!

April 7, 11am-2pm: Sexual Assault Awareness Information Fair

Stop by the Memorial Student Center to gather information from the Violence Prevention Office, BRANCHES, CONTACT Rape Crisis Center, Title IX, the Counseling Center, Marshall University ROTC, and the Women’s and Gender Center.

April 11-13, anytime: What Were You Wearing? Survivor Art Installation

This year, Marshall University’s Violence Prevention and Response Program in partnership with Cabell County’s Contact Rape Crisis Center will be hosting a “What Were you Wearing?” Survivor Art Installation. Founded by Jen Brockman and Dr. Mary Wyandt-Hiebert in 2013, the installation is a visual representation of what survivors were wearing at the time of their assault(s) and a reminder to audiences that a person’s clothing choice is never an “invitation” for sexual assault. To make this event possible, Marshall University’s Violence Prevention and Response Program is asking individuals to share their stories of experiencing sexual violence and the details of their clothing at the time of the incidents. Based on your submissions, our staff will create outfits for display that best resemble the clothing described in your story. The installation will be displayed at the Marshall University Visual Arts Center during the second week of April (11-13) in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. There will be an opening reception on April 11th from 6:00 to 8:00.

To make a submission, click here: https://forms.gle/wjXwTZjswCUGjhiF6

April 13, 11am-2pm: Denim Day

Denim Day is a campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The campaign began after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped the person who raped her remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. For more information on Denim Day, visit https://www.denimdayinfo.org/why-denim

Each year, the tradition continues to wear denim as a reminder that clothing choice NEVER implies consent. Stop by our table to grab a button. Buttons will also be available the week of April 12th across campus in the Wellness Center, Women’s and Gender Center, Counseling Center, and Student Affairs wing.

April 14, 4-6pm: Walk the Walk

Join us for our first, annual, Walk the Walk event in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Students will gather outside of the Memorial Student Center to hear from our friends at the Cabell County CONTACT Rape Crisis Center before heading out on a mile-long walk around campus. The first 140 participants will receive a t-shirt. All participants will have access to water and resources following the event. CONTACT will be accepting the following donations: Squishy toys, sensory toys/fidget toys, coloring books and crayons for children and adults.

Information taken from https://www.itsonus.org/, https://www.walkamileinhershoes.org/, and https://www.denimdayinfo.org/why-denim