CVP Blog

Students Are Using Social Media Apps to Anonymously Talk About Their Experiences of Sexual Violence on Campus

Allie Moore (She, her, Hers), Student Staff Member The app Yik Yak was popular for our generation in 2016 then died down and was never heard from again. Until last spring when it started to pick up traction again on college campuses across the country.  Last night, on January 26th, 2022, a U of U […]


What Were You Wearing?

by Blessing Heelis, Undergraduate Staff, MCVP   Black minidress with puff sleeves, white sneakers, and my hair in pigtails: this is what I was wearing when my neighbor catcalled me. Earlier that morning while getting ready, I felt very cute. But after being catcalled, I felt gross. As my neighbor exclaimed, “Good Lord!” and stared […]


Quick Fixes and Perfecting Victims are Not the Answer to Ending Violence

by Chris Linder, Director, MCVP This morning, as with most mornings, I opened my New York Times email to skim the headlines. I saw the headline, Missing Girl Is Rescued After Using Hand Signal From TikTok and sighed. Here we go again, I thought. Another story about how if girls just knew the right things […]


Reflecting on Chaos

Allie Moore, Student Staff As the school year comes to a close, I think it is crucial to reflect on the turmoil of a year we have all experienced. It hasn’t all been miserable but it definitely has not been the best year ever. Through ups and downs, highs and lows this year has felt […]


It’s Not Enough to Just “Know”

 Michelle Valdes I took a Praxis Lab through the University of Utah Honors College in 2018-2019. A Praxis Lab is a year-long experiential course with a “theme” focused on real-world issues. The course is split into two parts, Fall and Spring. Fall, being utilized as a traditional education course and Spring shifting the focus to […]


How Bills Related to RSV Fared in Utah Legislature This Year

By Brooke Adams Before the final tick of the clock ended the 2021 session of the Utah Legislature, lawmakers considered or acted on about a dozen bills related to the work of the McCluskey Center for Violence Prevention. While the center does not focus on response or policy, what happens more broadly on campus, in […]


Misogyny and Asian Hate

Photo from USA Today As we keep listening to the news about the mass murder of primarily Asian women in Atlanta, we grow more and more disheartened by our society’s collective understanding of misogyny, white supremacy, and hate. Even more specifically, we are so over the ways we talk about white men’s violence – “he […]


The Structure of the MCVP

Mary-Jo Dalton, Student Staff The McCluskey Center for Violence Prevention focuses on just that—prevention. The structure of the MCVP utilizes a power-conscious and intersectional framework. This framework guides the work of preventing relationship and sexual violence (RSV). The MCVP differs from other centers on campus in that our sole focus is primary prevention. We undertake […]


Disability and RSV

Caroline Lalliss, Student Staff Studies report that about one-third of college students have experienced physical or sexual violence in an intimate relationship. Disabled people experience intimate partner violence, or IPV, and relationship sexual violence, or RSV at approximately twice the rate of those without a disability. So when disabled students go to college they are […]


Nerds Can Be Creeps Too

Tayler Bseiso, Student Staff Member Growing up I stayed with my grandparents a lot. When I was with them I would garden, bake desserts, and make crafts. Well, I guess I should say that I did all that with my grandma; my grandpa, on the other hand, played the perfect role of the stoic retired […]