We are committed to eliminating sexual violence and other forms of abuse through community-based and statewide efforts. NJCASA supports the work of county rape crisis centers as they engage community partners to create safe communities for all.

Media Literacy Education

Media Literacy is the ability to think critically about what we see every day and create alternatives to mass media. Media literacy skills teach people to identify and comment on negative sexualized mass media and understand the impact of such damaging messages. In 2010, NJCASA partnered with Media Literacy Project, New Mexico to create a custom media literacy strategy specific to sexual violence.

GENDER AND VIOLENCE: How Media Shape Our Culture is the result of years of research, implementation, and experience.  The materials and strategy are intended for use with young adults (typically 8th or 9th grade) to college-aged adults. The curriculum has been used with parents and professionals, but would require modifications.


  • Analyze and evaluate media messages about gender and gender-based violence
  • Identify how gender stereotypes in media contribute to institutional gender inequality
  • Describe how power relations influence the concept of gender
  • Explore the possible linkages between media violence and norms around sexual violence

Click here to download an overview of our Media Literacy curriculum.

To download strategy materials, please complete a short request form. The information on the request form will allow us to know more about individuals and communities interested in the strategy.

Creating Safer Campus Communities

An estimated 20-25% of college women experience a completed or attempted rape over the course of their college career; a majority of women know the person who attempted or committed the assault1People who sexually assault others may use alcohol and/or drugs to make it difficult for someone to consent or physically resist. In one study, 72% of the rapes that occurred within a seven-month period happened when the victim was so intoxicated they were unable to refuse or give consent2.


  • Promotion of active and enthusiastic consent.  Consent means everyone involved in sexual activity or interaction is excited to be there.  Consent can be a verbal “Yes” (or something like it) or body language indicating agreement (e.g. nodding of head or taking off own clothes).  Silence is not consent.  If someone is unconscious they cannot give consent.
  • Development and enforcement of comprehensive institutional sexual assault policies.
  • Supporting student activism and participation in institutional sexual assault  policies.


Since 2010, NJCASA has been leading a statewide collective effort regarding campus sexual assault. The NJCASA College Consortium is made up of dedicated campus professionals from colleges and universities throughout New Jersey looking to create positive change and eliminate all forms of violence. The Consortium meets regularly to develop thoughtful responses to timely issues impacting campus communities, stay current on current trends and promising practices, and create a collection of resources for campuses on sexual assault response, investigation, and prevention on colleges and universities.

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[1] Fisher, B.S., Cullen, F.T., & Turner, M.G. (2000). The sexual victimization of college women. Washington, D.C.: National Institute of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.  Retrieved from

[2] Mohler-Kuo, M., Dowdall, G., Koss, M., & Wechsler, H. (2004). Correlates of rape while intoxicated in a national sample of college women. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 65, 37-45. Retrieved from