Prevention Education and Awareness
Rape is a very difficult topic to address due to the multitude of myths and misinformation on the topic. Some people believe that women ask to be raped because of the way they dress or behave. Others believe that rape is only committed by strangers. Most individuals do not even know what constitutes 1st or 2nd Degree Rape in the state of Alabama.
The Sexual Violence Prevention Education (SVPE) team tackles these rape myths and more with presentations which focus on awareness and prevention.
At Rape Response, we believe in saturation over sprinkling–we’re happy to visit your organization multiple times in order to increase the capacity for understanding the causes of and preventing sexual violence. Currently, the SVPE team offers free, prevention based, age and content appropriate, multi session presentations for school age youth. This includes 3 sessions for Kindergarten through 2nd grade using the Wise Owl Bully Stopper curriculum, a 4 sessions for 3rd through 6th grade using the Bully Proof curriculum, and 4 sessions on healthy relationships and dating violence for 7th through 12th grade using the Safe Dates curriculum. All curricula are research based and approved by the Alabama Department of Public Health.
Additionally, we are trained to provide Green Dot training to college and university groups.
The SVPE team uses curricula that focus on abusive and controlling behaviors like bullying and dating violence because those behaviors tend to be precursors for sexual violence. A child who bullies or a teen who abuses his or her partner is asserting power over their victim. Rape is about power and control. Kids bully because they feel insecure, jealous, or maybe they just don’t care about other people’s feelings- the same reason teens abuse and some of the same reasons people rape. The bullying curriculum initially focuses on the fact that almost every child has exhibited bullying behaviors, even those who have been bullied. Adults dismiss bullying as a part of growing up, but in actuality, it’s an abusive behavior that if not addressed, can lead to serious consequences for everyone involved. By showing children that they have the power to stop abusive behaviors now, either by changing their attitude or empowering them to stand up to or report bullying, we can perhaps prevent violence, including sexual violence, down the road.
Because Rape Response works closely with law enforcement and medical personnel, we offer awareness based programs that address issues such as working with survivors, how to respond to rape, myths vs. facts, date rape drugs, rape statutes, the SANE program and rape crisis center services. For all other audiences (teachers, other professionals and church or community groups), topics include those previously mentioned, plus rape prevention, risk reduction, alcohol and rape, consent vs. coercion, statistics, rape trauma syndrome, sexual harassment, what to do if you are raped, and how to identify and signs of an unhealthy relationship.
Please contact the Rape Response Sexual Violence Prevention Education Program Coordinator at 458.8982.
If you need immediate information right now, such as statistics, common rape myths, how to help a friend, drug-facilitated sexual violence, or other information, please go to www.rainn.org.
Funding for this project provided by DOJ, ADECA/LETS 15-VA-SA-029, SASP 15-SA-VS-001, ADPH, The United Way of Central Alabama and The Junior League of Birmingham.