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PAVE (Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment) is a student club at WSU.  The group works to promote awareness of sexual assault and sexual assault prevention practices. PAVE empowers victims during their path to identifying themselves as "survivors." PAVE uses both social and educational approaches to accomplish these tasks.

To Get Involved With PAVE:
Visit or email the WSU chapter at


FORGE (Fighting for Our Rights and Gender Equality) is the Women's Studies student club. FORGE provides learning and leadership opportunities for students who are interested in women’s rights, human rights and gender-related issues on campus and through community activism, to end discrimination. FORGE is a great way to get involved in campus activities and activism. FORGE is open to any and all students who want to get involved, you do not have to be a Women’s Studies minor.

To Get Involved With FORGE:
Visit the FORGE website.

Contact: Tamara Berg
Director of Women's & Gender Studies and WILL Program Director
326 Minne

CAST/WAGS 405 Gender, Violence and Society

This course introduces students to the roots of gender-based violence, the political and cultural structures perpetuate it, and explore how this violence might be brought to an end.  As part of the class, students will complete a 45-hour advocacy training offered in partnership with the Women's Resource Center of Winona.  This course is offered every fall. 

Contact: Tamara Berg: or Lori Olson-Woodward:

Draw the Line Presentations

The Affirmative Action office at Winona State presents “Draw the Line” a Sexual Harassment, Assault and Prevention Program. This program is available to incoming first year students, every fall. View the presentation.

To Get Involved:

Contact: Lori Mikl
Affirmative Action Officer
202A Somsen

Sexual Assault Awareness & Self-Defense

Campus Security will provide training in sexual assault awareness and self-defense to any group on campus, upon request. Individual class size is limited and a minimum of 10 is needed to conduct a seminar that will last approximately three hours. If you are interested in participating in this training, contact the Director of Security, Don Walski at 457.5555 or

Join the All University Sexual Violence Advisory Committee

The mission of the Sexual Violence Advisory Committee is to assist in creating a safe campus environment. The committee is open to WSU employees and students through the constituency groups or Student Senate.  Visit the All University Committee Page for more details. 

Women's Resource Center of Winona

The WRC provides community education resources, such as:
  • Advocate Training focusing on crisis intervention, strategies, legal and community resource information
  • Educational Presentations highlighting different aspects of domestic violence, sexual assault, diversity, and the impact of violence on children
    • Call the Center at 452.4440 to schedule a presentation
  • Numerous Community Events heightening public awareness of the frequency and severity of violence against women, children, and families
To Get Involved:
Contact the Women's Resource Center of Winona.

If someone has sexually assaulted you, you are not alone. There are resources for sexual assault survivors.