About Our Trainings
In the United States, an estimated one in three women and one in six men are raped in their lifetime. These numbers are staggering and disturbing. Prevention education is an important step to end sexual assault. What follows is a brief description of SFWAR prevention education presentations and trainings:
Sexual Assault & Rape Prevention
This interactive presentation provides fundamental information about sexual assault, including: consent, staying safe on a date, myths about rape, and what to do if you or someone you know has been assaulted. Participants learn to frame rape within the context of larger cultural institutions and critically examine how various forms of oppression intersect to create and sustain a ‘rape culture.’
Sexual Harassment Prevention
In this presentation, participants learn how to define sexual harassment and distinguish between sexual harassment and flirting (hurting vs. flirting). Participants learn strategies to address sexual harassment when it happens to them or someone they know. During the presentation, facilitators help participants consider sexual harassment as it intersects with issues of race, age, sexual orientation, etc., while exploring power dynamics that give rise to hostile environments.
In this presentation, participants learn to recognize and define qualities of healthy relationships. Interactive exercises are used to illustrate how to set healthy personal boundaries, and what to do if you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship. Participants learn about behavioral warning signs present in unhealthy relationships, including the cycle of violence and the power and control wheel.
Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault
This presentation is designed for healthcare workers, social service providers, and other professionals who have clients dealing with issues related to the trauma of sexual violence. Participants learn: essential techniques to support survivors; core symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) and Rape Trauma Syndrome; sexual assault statistics; how and where to get medical treatment in the aftermath of an assault; appropriate community resources and referrals for survivors; self-care tips; and about norms and attitudes that foster a rape culture.
This presentation provides participants with essential terminology (prejudice, discrimination, racism, sexism, internalized oppression, etc.) and a basic overview of the dynamics of oppression. Through the use of interactive exercises, role-plays, and other dramatic techniques, participants explore and deconstruct oppression dynamics. The role of cultural, familial and institutional messages in creating and sustaining systems of oppression, and the origins of oppression are explored, as is the relationship between rape and oppression. Particular emphasis is placed on the role of the ally in eradicating oppression. Additionally, participants learn basic non-defensive communication strategies.
Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault
This presentation provides a fundamental overview of Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault, prevention tips for youth and parents, statistics, how to identify common date rape drugs and their effects on individuals, evidence collection procedures, what to do if you or someone you know has been drugged, and the emotional and psychological impact of date rape drugs on survivors.
Internet & Technology Based Violence Prevention
In this presentation, facilitators examine how the internet and technology (e.g. cell phones, cameras, social media, etc.) has created a forum for various types of violence, including: sexual harassment, cyberbullying, relationship digital abuse, and an escalation of in-person harassment and assault. Participants examine the dynamics associated with internet and technology abuse and learn tools to take action and be an active ally to survivors of this form of violence. Through media and interactive scenarios, participants learn valuable tips for staying safe on the internet, including how to protect privacy and personal information; and what to do if you or someone you know is being cyberbullied, cyberstalked, exploited or sexually harassed using the internet or other forms of technology.
This interactive presentation provides an overview of oppression dynamics and strategies for interrupting oppressive situations when they occur. During the presentation, participants learn about the roles of bystander, target, ally, and oppressor and how each operates during an oppressive situation. The workshop engages participants in dramatic role-plays that explore motivations behind oppressive actions, while also providing opportunities to practice intervening.