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.


Fall 2021 FYCARE sessions will be offered in-person. A limited number of sessions will be available for new students during Spring 2022. Sign-ups for Fall sessions are currently available. Sign-ups for Spring sessions will be made available shortly before the start of the Spring semester. Please remember that this is a mandatory program that must be completed. Illinois takes our commitment to preventing sexual misconduct, and supporting survivors, very seriously. Failure to attend your scheduled FYCARE workshop will result in a penalty fee to cover the cost of a makeup session. Those with concerns about potential triggers should contact the FYCARE team at fycare@illinois.edu for further information. To begin the process of registering for your FYCARE workshop, please 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 is about sex.
Fact: Rape has nothing to do with sex, but is an act of violence. Rape is about one person robbing someone else of their power and control. When someone is raped, their choice of when and where they express their sexuality has been taken away. Sex is a mutually shared experience; rape is a forced, coercive one.