FIRE! Sexual Assault Peer Educators are a collective of Western Michigan University students committed to educating their peers and others in the WMU community about sexual assault risk reduction and prevention. FIRE!’s vision is to create a campus culture that actively and effectively responds to sexual assault in an attempt to eradicate it from the WMU campus and ultimately, society at large. Our program provides education on support services for survivors and strategies for ending sexual assault on our campus and in our community.
FIRE! meets regularly to educate ourselves on sexual assault and to hone our advocacy skills and knowledge. In addition to presenting on the topic in classrooms, residence halls, etc., we also meet to address advocacy issues on campus, including student-run media sources (newspaper, radio, etc.), written materials provided to students, and training programs for faculty members.
FIRE! organizes various programs, on and off campus, including Take Back the Night, an annual event that aims to empower survivors of sexual assault through keynote speakers, a march through campus, and speak-outs from survivors, supporters, and advocates. The unifying theme of Take Back the Night is the assertion that all human beings have the right to be free from violence, the right to be heard, and the right to reclaim those rights if they are violated.
Members are required to participate in a set number of presentations per semester, and are encouraged to get involved in other ways through committees and planning. Members must participate for at least two semesters.
If you are interested in joining FIRE! Sexual Assault Peer Educators, or wish to learn more about the program, please email SHC-FIREpeered@wmich.edu.
You may also want to learn more about FIRE Place—our resource and support center that addresses the issues of Sexual Assault and other bias incidents.