Prevention & Education
The Rape Crisis Center offers multiple programs, campaigns, presentations, and curricula designed to bring greater awareness and education about:
- The need for tools and resources for teens and young adults: We provide information to help empower young people with information and resources to make healthy decisions. Programs help them to understand the impact of depictions of sexual violence in media and culture, as well as to understand the role alcohol and drugs play in sexual assault, particularly in “party” situations.
- Issues surrounding sexual assault: We address misconceptions, answer questions that people often have and may be afraid to ask, and provide some basic statistical information about sexual assault in our community.
- Presentations and educational programs are available at no cost to the organization or school. We have presentations appropriate for a wide variety of audiences and age groups.
Child sexual abuse:
Child sexual abuse is a rampant problem affecting millions of people in our country. Through the Enough Abuse Campaign targeting adults, and programs for young children, there are presentations and tested curricula to help our community end the epidemic of child sexual abuse. One key fact that is important for children and adults to know is that, while strangers can hurt them, people who they or their families know and love are much more likely to be the perpetrators of sexual abuse. While we empower children to be in control of their own bodies and let them know it is ok to tell someone if abuse is happening to them, we know there are many barriers that prevent children from telling. This is why we also focus on educating adults and changing policies so that as a society we are much better able to effectively protect children.
Our prevention, outreach and education programs aim to shed light on some of the realities of sexual violence in our community, as well as the root issues in our society and culture that lead to a glamorization of rape and sexual violence that is unacceptable, and a focus on blaming victims which is damaging and hurtful.
Information is targeted both to potential victims and potential perpetrators with a goal of changing behaviors and mind sets to make our community a safer place to live and work. We stress empowerment and knowledge as tools that everyone can use to protect themselves and others. We also encourage everyone to accept their role as an active bystander with an ability to make a difference in any situation of violence they may witness by helping people make better choices, assisting others, or engaging other appropriate authorities to intervene.
*To learn more about bringing our educational programs to your school, neighborhood, or event, please see one of the following pages: School Programs, Community Programs and Events, PartySmart, Enough Abuse.
The Circle of 6 APP
Circle of 6 is a first place winner in the White House’s Apps Against Abuse challenge. This tool allows users to instantly and discreetly access their 5 most trustworthy friends should an unsafe situation rear its ugly head. GPS coordinates and mobile messaging functions give contacts all of the info they need so that that they can jump into action to get help on its way ASAP. Search your app store (available for Android or iPhone) or download from the Circle of 6 app’s website.
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