High School Programs
Internet Safety and Cyber Bullying
Internet, email, websites, chat rooms, and even text messaging are all new avenues through which high school students are now harassing each other and compromising their safety. This program includes small and large group discussions about the impact of students' decisions on the Internet. Short video clips showing the true stories of two victims of Internet predators are also used to illustrate safety hazards online. Students will be informed of the legal and social consequences of their actions. They will discuss the severe impact of harassment on the victim and some healthy and unhealthy ways students attempt to cope with their problems.
This program brings audience participants together to explore and understand the causes, consequences and effects of sexual harassment. It also helps teenagers to identify any sexual harassment problems that may currently exist, as well as provide resources to prevent future problems and promote positive change. The students will participate in a Myth/Fact activity which offers a safe, supervised way for students to discover their feelings and examine their own attitudes and behaviors, while also receiving answers to commonly asked questions. Discussions through this program provide an opportunity for students to assess certain situations as well as brainstorm possible solutions.
Many teenagers learn dating and relationship behaviors at this age and receive misinformation that puts them at risk for either becoming a victim or perpetrator of sexual violence. This program strives to approach the sensitive issue of acquaintance rape by providing factual information and incorporating appropriate answers to student questions. Audience participants are encouraged to consider how issues such as peer pressure, drug and alcohol use, and communication can be factors in an acquaintance rape situation. Risk reduction strategies are stressed. A brief video clip, victim impact activity, and decision-making exercises are incorporated. In closing, options and resources for both the victim and involved friends are reviewed.
Respectful Relationships- Dating Violence
At a time in their lives when relationships are beginning to change, students are asked to consider what qualities are important to them in personal relationships. Using these responses, students will brainstorm qualities of healthy and unhealthy relationships. Students will watch the video, "Choose Respect: Causing Pain," which consists of interview with victims of relationship abuse. The cycle of violence, abuse and the role of bystanders are emphasized. Audience participants are encouraged to share opinions on how teens issues such as peer pressure, individual rights/boundaries, and drug/alcohol use can affect a dating relationship of friendship. In closing, options and resources for both the victim and involved friends are reviewed.
The Link: Drugs, Alcohol, and Sexual Violence
This two-session program discusses the correlation between drug and alcohol use and an increased risk of sexual violence. In the first session, students will learn about sexual violence, drug and alcohol use, and resources for help with problems associated with each issue. Small group brainstorming on realistic refusal skills and ways to get out of unsafe situations are discussed among the participants. In a simulated party atmosphere, the adolescents in this program use Drunk Busters Impairment Goggles to actually experience the difficulty in getting away from unsafe situations or dangerous people while under the influence of alcohol. This session concludes with the video, "Be Aware of the Risks of Date Rape Drugs," which discusses strategies to reduce the risk of sexual violence.
During the second session, students will continue to discuss resources for coping with these issues, as well as how to assist a friend in need. A role-play activity and small-group work are used for students to find the best ways to help a friend who discloses abuse or a drug/alcohol problem. Students identify resources both in and out of school that can help in the case of vicitimization or substance abuse.
*This program is best presented over two class periods, but can be combined into one period if necessary. A program for parents is also available.
Men and Women
Society tells us that prevention of sexual violence is only a women’s issue. In this interactive workshop, we will encourage women and men to share the responsibility of preventing sexual and gender-based violence. While we explore popular prevention methods that reduce one’s risk, we also provide practical strategies for men to analyze and apply strategies to avoid or manage conflict and violence in a healthy way. This program also educates the audience with the facts of sexual and gender-based violence that we all must know to make our communities a safer place to live in.
Being an Ally and Active Bystander
Has there ever been a time when someone stuck up for you when you really needed an ally? In this activity, we focus on giving the audience the tools and skills to stick up for others when they see a member of the community in need of some help. The first section of this program is designed to illustrate to the audience the meaning of being an ally to those who in need. We also use real-life situations to role-play safe strategies to intervene in situations to create an environment free of discrimination and harassment.
Going Up the Stream
Imagine you are relaxing next to a stream and suddenly you see someone drowning. What would you do? What would you do if there were five people drowning, or a hundred? Would you look for the source of the problem? In this interactive exercise, we explore the stream as the various thoughts, beliefs, behaviors, and social norms that perpetuate violence against women. We analyze the impact of violence on the victim and surrounding community, as well as the interrelationship between environmental factors and community safety. The audience will also discover the tools needed to take individual responsibility to make their home, school and community a safer place.
“Act like a man!” “Man-up!” What do boys learn about masculinity as they grow up? From whom do they learn? This program helps break down the messages that boys are exposed to as they grow into men. We discuss with the audience members what it means to “man-up” and how doing so affects the people within the surrounding community. We also explore and analyze the causes of violence that are rooted in the way that we expect men to act and how they come to learn these expectations. Boys will come to recognize the walls of the “Man Box” and how they can think outside of its restrictions.
Building a Man
Making a man is actually more difficult than it seems. Often the specific roles that men are expected to perform are unobtainable and contradictory. In this program we explore how the media portrays men by comparing popular male figures to see who society would say is the “real man.” Then we will use these characteristics to build society’s ideal man. What seems like a structure as strong as Superman, through discussion lead by the audience’s own experiences, will become as fragile as a Jenga set, and at whose cost.
Hot Dogs for Breakfast
Why don’t we eat hot dogs for breakfast? What’s the difference between hot dogs and sausage? In this program we explore how beliefs, behaviors, and social norms are created. Just like our ideas about appropriate breakfast foods are given to us by messages from our peers, the media, and other environmental factors, so are our ideas about violence. And just like persuading people to eat hot dogs for breakfast, it will take more than just education to change knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors about gender-based violence. This program is particularly insightful for faculty, staff, and other professionals who want to create strategies to make their own communities a safer place for its members.
Coaching Boys Into Men
This program utilizes the impactful relationship between a coach and his team, as well as the influence peers have on one another regarding acceptable and tolerable behavior. Coaching Boys into Men calls for twelve weekly discussions between a coach and the team, that last roughly fifteen minutes, where they can openly and honestly discuss aspects of healthy and respectful relationships. The program also works to promote non-violent interactions between men and women, and charges athletes to become role models in challenging harmful behaviors on a continuum that promote violence. As leaders in their schools, athletes have the tools and social status to positively influence the culture in which they operate on a daily basis. Watch this video to learn more (1 minute 15 seconds): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzmQwY6JFLY
Note: Program content and activities can vary depending on the available time period.
*Other program topics available upon request.
All programs encourage students to recognize their right to be safe and to share concerns or incidents of abuse with a trusted adult. Additionally, a trained PA Sexual Assault Counselor conducts all programs.
6th through 12th GRADE PROGRAMS
Presentations should be scheduled in 1 period time slots.
*The Link: Drugs, Alcohol, and Sexual Violence is best presented over two class periods, but can be combined into one period if necessary.
Due to the sensitive nature of the topic, it is imperative that the presenter has ample time to address all topics. Shortened presentations hinder discussion and do not adequately address the needs and/or concerns of the students.
Please be aware that for certain sessions, a TV/VCR or DVD player will be required.
If there is a scheduling conflict regarding use of A/V equipment, please notify us in advance so that we may change the program or the schedule. Also, please make sure the equipment is functioning properly before our visit.
Please do not plan to have more than one class in attendance per presentation.
We ask that you keep in mind the physical comfort of the students during the program. If class sizes are large (larger than 30-35 students), it can quickly become unpleasant for everyone in an average size classroom. Apart from the considerations of comfort, smaller groups are also more conducive to discussion.
Please do not schedule more than 5 programs in the same day.
We ask that you consider the physical limitations of the presenter when creating the schedule. Because of the energy level and attentiveness that is required for safety programs, it is difficult to maintain a high level of quality when more than five (5) programs per presenter are scheduled in the same day. We will be happy to return to the school for an additional day if necessary.
*We ask that there be a break for presenters to have lunch.
*Please allow ample time for the presenters to travel from one class to the next.
*Please support us in creating an opportunity for students to speak with the presenters after the program to discuss any personal issues or questions.
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