Our Solutions to Violence programs provide empowerment-based services to strengthen and support survivors of intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking crimes. We also provide prevention and education services for groups, schools, and the community about child abuse prevention and teen assault awareness.
HEALTHY TEENS RELATIONSHIPS CAMPAIGN
of South Santa Clara County 2015
School-Based Prevention Services
In Touch With Teens: Healthy Relationships Prevention Curriculum
We are currently providing In Touch With Teens, an evidence-informed healthy relationships prevention curriculum, at Briton Middle School, Live Oak High School and Christopher High School to over 1000 students.
The In Touch With Teens healthy relationships prevention curriculum will be presented by Community Solutions. The program will one hour each week for the duration of 8-10 weeks. The program will have two staff facilitating conversations and interactive learning exercises around identifying unhealthy relationships, sexual harassment, and creating healthy relationships.
Community Solutions’ Solutions to Violence Division promotes awareness and understanding of intimate partner violence, sexual assault and child abuse. We have provided Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) and Teen Assault Awareness Program (TAAP) programming since 1983 in Santa Clara and San Benito Counties. For the past two years, Community Solutions has utilized the In Touch With Teens curriculum in local high schools. Evaluations of the programs have shown that students are able to apply the skills they learned in class to intervene with fellow classmates, increase in self-esteem, and develop a better understanding of healthy relationships.
As a result of the In Touch with Teens healthy relationships prevention curriculum teens will:
1. Help to define and identify healthy relationships;
2. Recognize the warning signs of an unhealthy relationship;
3. Learn problem-solving skills surrounding relationship (intimate or
4. Target roots of low self-esteem and develop measures toward
building stronger esteem; and
5. Recognize their responsibilities as bystanders and learn how to
advocate for violence-free relationships.
April: Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April was first nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in April 2001. Advocates nationwide had recognized the need for a national effort to raise awareness about sexual violence issues. Considering that today, sexual assault will affect 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys before the age of 18, there continues to be an urgent need to raise awareness around this critical issue.
Sexual assault is defined as any sexual activity, touching or non-touching, that occurs without consent. Touching forms of sexual assault include rape, forced intercourse, or fondling; non-touching forms can be stalking, “flashing”, or sexual harassment. An important part of the definition of sexual assault is the word consent. Consent means permission. An individual is able to legally consent to a sexual activity if they are over the age of 18 and not under the influence of any substance. However, every person has the right to say no to any sexual act. If one person says no, it is the responsibility of the partner to stop. If it does not stop, that is sexual assault.
Community and national efforts are important to raising awareness. Many communities hold events like Take Back the Night walks, or Walk-a-Mile-in-Her-Shoes events that directly speak to the community partnering together against sexual and intimate partner violence. These events are important to show community solidarity and combating victim blaming statements. Victim blaming statements are a devaluing act where a victim of a crime is held wholly or partially responsible for what happened to them. It can appear as negative social reactions or statements made by the media, family members or the community. These statements can be very damaging to the healing process of survivors.
Community members can act all year round by holding their peers and community leaders accountable for their statements about sexual violence. Men can empower themselves and others by being positive role models that show how strength and masculinity can be used positively. Everyone can challenge victim blaming statements. We can create a community of zero tolerance against victim blaming, and hold the perpetrators accountable for their actions.
Join us on Saturday, April 11, 2015 for Walk-a-Mile In Her Shoes.