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Preventing sexual violence

 

Community based Sexual Violence Prevention

 

We are working with a number of community groups and partners in Bradford to develop and deliver community based prevention programmes. These participatory programs address gender inequality and harmful gender norms. They engage men, empower women, build community capacities and increase awareness and access to information/resources. 

 

Sexual Violence Prevention in Schools

 

Bradford Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Survivors Service offers free, participatory, age-appropriate, evidence-based SELFIE workshops.

 

SELFIE stands for Sexualisation, Exploitation, Love, Friendships, Information and Empowerment.

 

Our sexual violence prevention workshops:

 

  • Increase students’ understanding of the processes and impacts of gender stereotypes
  • Support young people to develop their critical thinking skills and media literacy
  • Increase understanding of consent and how to seek, give and not give consent
  • Enable students to recognise different kinds of abuse
  • Encourage students to challenge sexism and sexual bullying amongst their peers where possible
  • Ensure students know where they can seek help

Community Work

 

For more information about our community work, and work in schools please contact our Sexual Violence Prevention Worker, Lorna Mundy.

 

lorna.mundy@brcg.org.uk

 

07501 507 079

What year 7s told us they'd learned:

 

 "that you should never put pressure on others because if that was you, you wouldn't like it."

 

"Consent is important. This is because if somebody doesn't want to give you consent, you must respect their opinion."

 

"That we have our own rights, we know what sexual is and violence and we can't be forced, we know what to do if we are going through pressure and we ask for help."

 

"people need to learn about the stuff we learned today"
 

Sexual Violence Prevention in Education

 

  • Sexism and sexual harassment is widespread in schools, (National Edu-cation Union and UK Feminista, 2017). 
  • Young people have extensive ways of excusing and normalising sexual violence, (Vanita Sundaram, 2016).
  • Young people tell us that they find it hard to stand up to sexism and to resist the pressures of gender stereotypes for fear of bullying.
  • 77% of reported rape is against 0-24 year olds, (Office for National Statistics, 2018).
  • A survey of 1000 teenagers in England in 2015 found that 4 in 10 girls experience sexual violence in their intimate relationships, (Christine Barter et al, 2015).
  • 75% of girls and young women said anxiety about sexual harassment negatively affects their lives, (Girlguiding survey, 2014)
  • Sexual harassment is known to have wide ranging impacts including reducing self-esteem, confidence and ability to concentrate in class.
  • Ideas about masculinity can have negative emotional, psychological and physical consequences for boys and men’s health, with 76% of all suicides in 2014 being men.

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