Sexual Violence Awareness Program
The purpose of Pace’s Sexual Violence Awareness Program is to affect community members’ attitudes and behaviors surrounding sexual abuse, assault, and harassment in a way that reduces these issues and their impact.
The “Who Do You Tell?”™ Program (Gr.K-6) and “Sexual Violence” Presentation (Gr. 7-12) provide students with age-appropriate knowledge, language, and permission to have healthy and productive conversations about sexual violence. It is also important to note these are safety programs, not sex education programs. The Key messages of the programs are:
- Abuse is never a child/victim’s fault.
- The most important thing they can do is to tell an adult they know and trust when abuse happens to them or a friend.
Sexual Violence Presentation (Gr. 7-12):
➢ 2 session program for Gr. 7 to 12. Each session is roughly 60-80 minutes in length.
- Define and discuss sexual abuse, assault, and harassment
- Discuss key messages:
(1) It is never the victim’s fault (2) The most important thing to do is tell an adult
- Talk about sexting, coping, and consent (asking for a “yes”, age of consent)
- Allow students to share their beliefs and opinions regarding sex. Explain the importance of boundaries and communication.
- Discuss why people sexually offend and how this is connected to unhealthy language and ideas of masculinity, women, and sex.
- Tackle what individuals and society can do to help reduce or eliminate sexual violence in our communities Individual Time. In both “WDYT?”™ and the “Sexual Violence Presentation”, students have an opportunity to speak one on-one with the facilitator about personal questions or concerns in their own lives or in the lives of their friends. As such, disclosures including but not excluded to abuse or unhealthy coping mechanisms may occur and may need to be reported to one or a few of the following: the student’s parents/guardians, Child and Family Services, the RCMP, and/or School Staff.
The Sexual Violence Awareness Program is flexible to meet the needs of the community. Presentations can be done by request for different venues and demographics.