Student Charity Launches Campaign to Counter Dating App Violence

Written by Dominic Whitlock

US-based charity ‘Shattering the Silence with PAVE’ has launched a digital campaign targeted at students to provide reform for sexual violence on dating apps.

The ‘Take Back The Swipe’ movement is set to last from 10th-15th August and is designed to promote consent, support all survivors, educate the dating community and break the stigma surrounding dating app violence.

Led by an advisory group of college students, PAVE has joined together along with other leading national and local nonprofit organisations that work in the field.

This includes ‘Take Back The Night’, ‘One Love’ and ‘Family and Child Treatment’.


Day 1 of #TakeBackTheSwipe is all about digital consent!

Digital consent is key to creating safe spaces for people to meet and interact online.

For more info, please visit https://t.co/r4Z6ZRKpQ4! pic.twitter.com/Mh719PHV89

— PAVE (@PAVEinfo) August 10, 2020


A PAVE advocate and survivor of dating app assault said in a statement: “I understand the shame that comes with sexual violence and the importance of shattering the silence around dating app violence. 

“Dating app violence is a silent issue that’s under-researched, underreported and prevalent. This #TakeBackTheSwipe campaign is led by college students, for college students and is a way to educate, raise awareness, and gather data to change the shame and better support all survivors of sexual violence.”

The campaign provides a toolkit to help students host their own promotion on campus, a variety of live social media events, as well as numerous petitions and calls to action.

It is also laying out in-depth steps that need to be taken in order to support and empower victims, by making sure they feel heard and never pretending the assault didn’t happen.

Find out more here.

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