FAMILY LIFE AND SEXUAL HEALTH (FLASH)
FLASH or Family Life and Sexual Health: 5th through 12th Grades, Parents and Educators
SASO is currently incorporating the FLASH Program (Family Life and Sexual Health) out of King County, WA to address such issues as physical development, promotion of sexual health, prevention of disease, affection, interpersonal relationships, body image, and gender roles in a proactive and interactive manner. This Program spans the school-age years (Grades 5-12 and Secondary Special Education). FLASH offers up to 19 modules, embraces an abstinence-based approach that encourages family and peer dialogue because statistics show that children will delay sexual contact or be more likely to use contraception when their families talk openly about it.
The modules SASO is focusing on presenting are a 6 week itinerary that includes: Healthy Relationships, Gender Stereotypes, Sexual Violence Prevention, LGBTQ Youth, Sex: Myths, Facts, Feelings, Values and Sexual Violence: Digital Communication and Safety. Staff facilitated, student co-leaders co-facilitate based on the knowledge from CDPHE reports that student participation increases ability to engage youth with longer retention. FLASH rests on a foundation of positive and healthy sexuality across the life span and ensures discussion about the wide spectrum of beliefs on sensitive issues.
CHILD ASSAULT PREVENTION PROGRAM (CAPP)
CAPP: Child Assault Prevention Program: 1st through 5th Grades, Parents and Educators
The Child Assault Prevention Program, or CAPP, is based on a Best Practice Model of Prevention that includes parents, community members, educators and students.
SASO’s Staff and trained volunteers bring education and skills to the Parent CAPP and the Educators CAPP Trainings. The goals are to build on and refresh the current skills the parents, teachers, and educators posses as well as practical tools to use when a child discloses sexual abuse.
The focus of the program for elementary age students is to brainstorm ways students can maintain their rights to be “Safe, Strong, and Free.” This workshop consists of four role-plays designed to discuss the most common assault experiences a child might encounter: Bullies, strangers, known adults, and what to do if they encounter a “big problem." The program is designed to help students develop prevention skills such as refusal skills, self-assertiveness, identification of feelings, problem solving techniques, giving and receiving peer support, and seeking and obtaining adult support. In the post evaluations, SASO has received a 97% retention rate score from the students in their increased prevention skills.
"CAPP is very appropriate for my students and I'm pleased that several were able to name a trusted adult."
HIGH SCHOOL SPECIAL NEEDS TEACHER
The Parent Workshop is an important component of the program to create a space for parents to ask questions about the Children’s Workshop, get to know the CAPP Coordinator, and learn about what parents can do to prevent child sexual assault. Parents are given resources from the Children’s Workshop that offer a better understanding of the tools that CAPP offers children. These tools are intended to enhance what parents are already teaching their children about personal safety. The Parent Workshop encourages caregivers to incorporate personal safety discussion into their conversations with children.
The School Staff/Community Workshop is a key component in building awareness and offering skills in recognizing child sexual abuse and how to handle disclosures from young children in the most appropriate way. Adults involved in children’s lives need to understand and realize their importance in lessening the vulnerability of children. This workshop includes a brief history of prevention models, and gives research based explanations for the Empowerment Model that CAPP is built on. This workshop also offers evidence-based tips on the impact adults have on reducing the trauma of a child who has disclosed an assault.
The Children’s Workshop is the main component of this program. Its focus is to brainstorm with students, ways they can maintain their rights to be “Safe, Strong, and Free.” This workshop consists of role-plays designed to discuss the most common assault experiences a child might encounter: bullies, strangers, and known adults. A fourth role-play is included to demonstrate what it may look like to talk to a trusted adult about a “big problem.” Throughout the workshop, children are asked to identify trusted adults in their lives that they feel most connected to. After the role-plays and discussions, students are invited to speak with facilitators individually to review and/or practice the skills they’ve learned in the workshop. The program is designed to help students develop the following prevention skills:
• Refusal skills
• Identification of feelings
• Problem solving techniques
• Giving and receiving peer support
• Seeking and obtaining adult support
Teachers are asked to complete an evaluation of each workshop to ensure growth and development of the program is always in the best interest of the children participating.
"Students were engaged and felt the importance. They will remember the skills and concepts."
3RD GRADE TEACHER
BYSTANDER INTERVENTION PROGRAM
Bystander Intervention for Middle and High School and College Students
The First Responder Training is a one day training that teaches community members about the dynamics of sexual violence as a tool of oppression, how to be an active bystander in oppressive situations, sex offender dynamics, and the physiology of trauma It also addresses the specifics of managing a disclosure from a victim of sexual assault. This program is helpful for treatment providers, educators, and community members who work with the public.
"This presentation raised my awareness on the topic and how much power I have to help people."
14 YEAR OLD FEMALE
Each workshop begins with a brief culture creation discussion that emphasizes respect for each other, respect for self-care, and a confidentiality agreement. All students are given full permission to determine their own level of participation throughout the workshop. Next, statistics on sexual violence, relevant to adolescents, are shared through a True/False activity. The goal is to use state and national statistics to challenge many myths of sexual violence, create a space for open conversation about the facts of sexual violence and establish a common understanding among peers. Specific statistics include state percentage of victims under the age of 18, definitions of active consent, social dynamics that tolerate violence and abuse, and potential effects of sexual violence on survivors.
Students are led through a brief lesson with statistics that demonstrate how sexual violence is used as a tool of multiple oppression's. Following the True/False activity, the workshop moves into discussing what it means to be a bystander who intervenes. Students are asked to participate in visualizing a situation and evaluating the message it sends to victims, perpetrators, and other bystanders when we don’t intervene. This flows into a facilitated dialogue with single gendered groups, using scripted scenarios to discuss options of intervening. These scenarios provide an opportunity for students to think through what they may do and in turn, are more likely to follow through with their idea if they encounter a similar situation.
The Bystander Intervention Program is designed for classroom workshops. We are able to adapt the presentation time from 45 minutes to 2 hours and can be single or multi-day workshops, depending on teachers’ availability.
"It showed me that being a bystander means doing something."
14 YEAR OLD MALE
SASO evaluates this program through anonymous Pre/Post Tests given at each workshop to each student. Below are some statistics gathered from our program evaluation as well as some comments from students who have participated in a Bystander Intervention Program workshop. Strong partnerships with teachers and school staff are also greatly valued.
Stats for 2009:
•80% of students were able to name a “bystander technique” that did not involve violence.
•94% of students said they want to influence their peers to be less accepting of oppression and sexual violence.
The First Responder Training is a one day training that teaches community members about the dynamics of sexual violence as a tool of oppression, how to be an active bystander, sex offender dynamics, and the physiology of trauma. It also addresses the specifics of managing a disclosure from a victim of sexual assault. This program is helpful for treatment providers, educators, and community members who work with the public.
For upcoming trainings, see Upcoming Events. For more information call SASO’s office at 970-259-3074.
COUNCIL FOR SEXUAL VIOLENCE PREVENTION (CSVP)
The goal of the CSVP is to guide violence prevention programming for groups in La Plata County by assessing needs, evaluating programs, raising awareness, providing advocacy and developing leadership. This council hopes to become a model for:
•Reducing sexual violence in our community.
•Increasing awareness of individual and social impacts of sexual violence.
•Providing support necessary for empowerment of those directly affected by sexual violence.
The CSVP is based on a social framework, which understands that sexual violence is used as a tool of oppression. This group’s work is focused on communities made more vulnerable by oppression, (immigrants, LGBTQ, and youth, for example).