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 sexual assault that strives to build awareness and our capacity to create healthier relationships. This program recognizes that sexual assault is an act rooted in gender inequality, but also one that affects people of all gender-identities. Workshops are led by trained peer facilitators through an engaging discussion in a relaxed atmosphere, drawing upon their own experiences as students on this campus to keep the workshop informative and relatable.

What will FYCARE be about?

FYCARE discusses the dynamics of sexual assault, consent, bystander intervention, ways to support a survivor, and campus and community resources. Workshops are hosted in residence halls and centrally located academic buildings. As a significant public health concern that impacts an estimated 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men during their undergraduate career, FYCARE focuses on the ways that all students can be involved bystanders who can look out for the safety of one another.


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: How can it be rape if they knew each other?
Fact: The vast majority of rapes on campus involve people who are acquainted. In a past survey at Illinois, only 2.6% of the women who had experienced sexual assault described the offender as a "stranger." Approximately one third of offenders were nonromantic friends or classmates; one third were dates, partners or ex-partners; and one third were first time dates or someone met at a party or bar the same day/night of the assault.