: Preventing Teen Relationship Violence
Teens are developing relationship skills
that they will be using for a lifetime. Early intervention helps
to break the intergenerational cycle of violence. Prior to the workshops,
many youth are unaware that they are in an abusive relationship.
The workshop uses lecture, video and discussion to define what healthy
relationships are, what rights young women and young men have in relationships,
explores how surviving abuse and domestic violence effects dating choices,
clarifies that both young women and young men can be abusive, and determines
how to respond to unhealthy relationships. This workshop provides
information that enables young adults to self identified and self referred
to follow-up support groups or peer one-on-one counseling. Women's
resource center provides follow-up, supported peer counseling to help youth
problems solve and give them appropriate referrals.
This two session, interactive course helps
students understand how communication and peer pressure plays key roles
in acquaintance rape. Students explore assertive, aggressive and
passive communication styles through classroom activities. The acquaintance
rape prevention program familiarizes youth with the laws surrounding sexual
assault and the emotional consequences for the person who has been assaulted.
The program seeks to dispel myths that support sexual assault. Additionally,
the program identifies support systems within both the school and community
for victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse. Any disclosures of
abuse are reported the appropriate official.
Crossing the line facilitates students
understanding of how sexual harassment affects those directly and indirectly
involved (Victim, Harasser, and entire school community). Students
come to understand their own ideas surrounding sexual harassment through
worksheets and discussion. Crossing the line features videos followed
by discussion, helping young men and women in identify sexually harassing
behavior. This program uncovers ways of effectively responding to
sexual harassment as it pertains specifically to the schools policy. The
three hour program can be tailored to fit the specific needs of the school
or class, including accommodating time constraints (one 3 hour program,
two 1-1/2 hour programs ect.).
Domestic violence basics provides an overview
into the intergenerational epidemic of family violence : what it is, why
it is, and what changes can be made to ensure that the abuse will not continue
into further generations.
Prevention Program (CAPP)
The child assault prevention program (CAPP)
is a highly acclaimed national model of prevention education, developed
by women against rape in Columbus, Ohio, in 1978.CAPP is designed to reduce
children's vulnerability to assault and abduction by teaching skills they
can use to prevent all kinds of abuse and by helping to build support systems
of caring, knowledgeable adults.
Before CAPP is presented to the children,
parents and teachers are provided with training that includes an explanation
of the CAPP philosophy of empowering children, a description of the children's
workshop, prevention techniques, identifying abused children, communications
skills and reporting procedures. Most importantly, teachers and parents
are shown how they can interact with children in a way that allows them
to exercise their rights to be" safe, strong and free".
To avoid abuse, it is essential that children
be assertive and be able to talk about situations where their rights are
violated. These skills are taught during classroom sessions to preschool
and elementary schools. The most common types of confrontation --
peer, stranger, and acquaintance or relative -- are presented. During
each class, a series of role plays is used to illustrate the concepts presented.
Each skit is done twice : the first time children are shown as victims
and the second time the presenter models appropriate assertive behavior.
Children are given many opportunities during the class to practice the
concepts presented. The tone of the workshop is positive and empowering,
leaving children feeling secure and good about themselves, rather than
fearful and paranoid.
Following each workshop, CAPP presenters
are available for one-on-one conversations with the children to review
the skills learned. If an abusive situation is identified, appropriate
action is then taken to see that the child receives help.