Sexual Health and Assault Peer Educators was founded in 2006-2007 as an affiliate of the Northwestern University Health Service. Presently, we are under the care of the Center for Awareness, Response, and Education (CARE). SHAPE combats rape culture and works to create a culture of healthy sexuality through education, public events, and an open dialogue on sexual health, sex positivity, and sexual assault. SHAPE’s mission is to increase students’ comfort about sexuality, encourage them to learn and adopt healthy behaviors and help them recognize and address unhealthy and dangerous behaviors and attitudes regarding sexuality and relationships. It is important to remember that no one deserves to be assaulted, and that members of the Northwestern community are responsible for their own actions and for ensuring consent is present in every interaction.

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Members of SHAPE receive training from current SHAPE educators and Erin Clark, Director of CARE along with Northwestern’s Title IX Coordinator and Northwestern- or community-affiliated doctors, nurse practitioners, advocates, counselors, and other experts in the fields of sexual health and sexual assault prevention.

SHAPE members have a wide, in-depth knowledge on a plethora of topics, including:

  • Consent and Healthy Communication
  • Sexual Assault, Sexual Violence, and Domestic Violence
  • Supporting Survivors
  • Safer Sex Methods and STIs
  • Intersectionality of Identities
  • LGBTQ+ Sexual Health and Inclusivity
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Reproductive Anatomy & Birth Control Methods
  • Title IX
  • And much, much more!

The purpose of SHAPE is to increase students’ comfort with sexuality, to encourage sexually healthy behaviors, and to teach students how to recognize unhealthy and dangerous behaviors and attitudes regarding sexuality. We aim to provide a safe space for students to ask questions, find resources, and of course get condom six packs! Come find CARE on the third floor of the Searle Health Center, at 633 Emerson Street. We have a large variety of condoms, lube, chapstick, laptop stickers, and buttons (for free!!!)

Feel free to contact us with any questions at shape@u.northwestern.edu


SHAPEly love ❤


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