Women's Resources Center
First Year Campus Acquaintance Rape Education (FYCARE)
Campus Acquaintance Rape Education

What is FYCARE?

The First Year Campus Acquaintance Rape Education [FYCARE] workshop is an interactive discussion on campus sexual assault. National studies have shown that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men will experience an actual or attempted sexual assault during their undergraduate career. Perpetrators are most often acquaintances—friends, classmates, or dating partners—of the victim. FYCARE focuses on the ways that all students can be involved bystanders and caring supporters who can look out for one another.

What will FYCARE be about?

FYCARE workshops focus on the dynamics of sexual assault, ways to support a survivor, understanding consent, and campus and community resources. The majority of workshops are held in residence halls. Trained peer facilitators lead students through an engaging discussion in a relaxed atmosphere, drawing upon their own experiences as students on this campus to keep the workshop informative and entertaining. FYCARE recognizes that sexual assault is a crime rooted in gender inequality, but also one that affects people of all genders.


We offer CARE workshops in a variety of locations on campus for your convenience, so you should have no difficulty finding a time and location that works for you. Please remember that this is a mandatory program and you are required to attend during your first semester on campus. To begin the process of registering for your CARE workshop, you should log-in here.

Questions or Comments
If you have any questions, concerns, or any difficulty during the registration process, please e-mail fycare@illinois.edu. Should you need any accommodations (including, but not limited to, assistance with seating, large print materials, ASL interpreter, visual/audio assistance), please email us as well. Thank you for your cooperation with this important program.
Myth: Rape education is all about male bashing.
Fact: Rape prevention and education is not about male bashing; it is about speaking honestly about sexual violence. Although the vast majority of rapists are men, the majority of men are not perpetrators. It is also important to note that men can be survivors of sexual assault too. Rape education is a challenge to men who do not rape to speak out.