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Public Education

Elementary Schools

1. Child Assault Prevention (CAP) program for grades 1-6
An empowerment program that gives children skills and strategies they can use in potentially abusive and dangerous situations. Age-appropriate discussions and role-playing address bullying, strangers and abuse by someone they know. Their rights to be ‘safe, strong and free’ are emphasized.

“This is exactly the strong, positive message that needs to be communicated to our children to prevent the tragedy of abuse…Too often we try to scare children into being safe.”
-Parent

2. Youth issues for grades 7-8
Students learn how to recognize different types of abuse and effective skills and strategies they can use in these situations. Topics covered include bullying/peer pressure, sexual assault/harassment, healthy relationships, Internet safety and self-defense.

3. For grade 8’s only
This program is designed to prepare students for situations they are likely to encounter in high school. Topics include drug and alcohol-facilitated sexual assaults, acquaintance sexual assaults, relationships and Internet safety.

To book a program or for more information, contact Donna Christie.

Post-secondary and High Schools

1. Sexual harassment
Students are taught to recognize behaviours that are sexual harassment and what steps to take if they are targeted in the workplace, at school or on-line. The program includes a documentary on teens that experienced harassment at their first job and current examples in the media. For co-op and gym classes.

2. Legal issues
Detectives from the sexual assault unit of the Niagara Regional Police assist with the program and respond to questions about their investigations. Using high profile cases, including those in Niagara, students learn about consent, the role of alcohol, the court process and consequences for convicted offenders. Prevention strategies are also covered. For law and social sciences classes.

3. Dating violence/sexual assault
Topics include warning signs of an abusive relationship, myths and realities of sexual assault issues, the role of alcohol and drugs, consent, prevention and bystander strategies. A film on an acquaintance rape trial involving teens is shown and the class is asked to play the role of the jury in deciding the verdict. For gym, youth-at-risk groups and alternative classes.

4. The Undetected Rapist
Based on the research of American psychologist Dr. David Lisak, this program deals with premeditated sexual assaults by males who target younger, naïve females using charm and alcohol to gain their trust. These perpetrators commit a large number of sexual assaults, but they are never reported. Students are taught to recognize this type of offender and how to protect themselves and their friends. They also learn about the reasons for this behaviour, and what makes victims vulnerable. A film clip of an offender describing his techniques and a documentary/drama in a college setting are shown. For any grade 12 classes i.e. gym, religion, sociology, family studies.

5. Girls' Grade 9 Program
This program aims to help girls make safer and healthier choices when dealing with peer pressure in relationships and friendships. It will include ways to support one another as friends and peers in various situations, i.e. at school and at parties, by speaking out or taking action to stop aggressive or disrespectful behaviour. The girls will also learn how to help a friend if she suspects she is being mistreated by someone or her friend discloses that she was a victim of sexual assault. A film on young teens participating in high-risk hazing behaviour is shown followed by a discussion about the impact of their choices. Various bystander scenarios, i.e. Internet bullying, sexting, sexual harassment, abusive relationships, are discussed in small groups. There is also a handout on ways to avoid peer and date pressure. For grade nine girls' gym classes.

6. Boys’ issues program
This program covers sexual abuse of young boys as well as current issues in the students' lives related to dating - understanding of consent to sexual activity, the potential impact of viewing pornography and playing violent, misogynist video games on their ability to have healthy relationships, and consequences of sharing naked pictures with their peers. Using scenarios in small groups, the boys are encouraged to be good bystanders and call out their peers if they see disrespectful or sexually aggressive behaviour. The goal is to enlist boys as allies in preventing sexual assaults and encourage them to seek help if they, or someone they know, was a victim of child sexual abuse. Stereotypical images of boys in the media that focus primarily on physical strength are compared to the qualities of their role models in real life. Short video clips on the above topics are included. For grade 9 boys’ gym classes.

7. Child sexual abuse
This program provides an awareness of the prevalence of child sexual abuse and incest by perpetrators who are usually known to their victims. Topics include what makes children vulnerable, why they keep it a secret, tactics used by predators and the impact on the lives of victims. The students will also learn how to talk to children about this subject, possible signs of sexual abuse, prevention strategies, and what to do if a child discloses. A powerful documentary on adult survivors of child sexual abuse and incest is also shown. For family studies and parenting classes.

To book a presentation or for more information, contact Suzanne Mason.

Community agencies and workplaces

1. Violence prevention for diverse community groups
This program is for groups such as new immigrants in ESL classes, persons with disabilities and seniors. It discusses how to identify and where to get help with domestic violence, sexual harassment and sexual assault. It includes basic self-defense techniques and emergency contacts for local agencies.

2. Other - professional development, staff training, workshops, etc.
Staff can provide workshops/presentations on various topics upon request.

Contact us to book a presentation or for more information.

If you have just been sexually assaulted

Call our 24 hour crisis & information line at 905-682-4584

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