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Workshops and Programs

The Center’s K-12 Prevention Education Programs

PUBLIC ACT 14-196:
In 2015, The Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence, The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education, the Connecticut Department of Children and Families and the Connecticut Board of Education, formed a taskforce to create the standards within the framework of Public Act 14-196. These standards include the learning objectives and core performance indicators that each program must meet. The comprehensive K-12 prevention education programs below are in full compliance with these standards, meeting all of the requirements within the framework of the law.

Elementary School Programs

Feeling Safe
Recommended for Kindergarten
Run time: 30 minutes
Feeling Safe is presented with an interactive picture book that empowers students with messages of body autonomy and trust in their feelings. Students will learn about OK and NOT OK touches and the steps to take if anyone makes them feel uncomfortable.


Feeling Safe: Identifying Feelings
Recommended for 1st Grade
Run time: 45 minutes
This program starts with an interactive exercise in which students are given an opportunity to explore different feelings and how they are uniquely expressed per individual. This exercise is followed by the reading of the Feeling Safe book. Students will learn that they are in charge of their own bodies, how to tell the difference between an OK and NOT OK touch and the steps to take if anyone makes them feel uncomfortable.


Feeling Safe: Empathy
Recommended for 2nd Grade
Run time: 45 minutes
Through an interactive game, students will learn to identify how others are feeling in certain situations and how they themselves can relate. Students are empowered with the message that they are in charge of their own bodies and that no one has the right to touch them in an unhealthy and unsafe way. Students will learn the difference between an OK and NOT OK touch and the steps to take if anyone makes them feel uncomfortable.


Feeling Safe: Boundaries
Recommended for 3rd Grade
Run time: 45 minutes
Through an interactive activity, students will come to understand that all people are unique with different, likes, dislikes and boundaries. Students will learn how to recognize non-verbal cues from others and the importance of respecting everyone’s boundaries, including their own. Combined with empowering messages of body autonomy, students learn the difference between an OK and NOT OK touch and the steps to take if anyone makes them feel uncomfortable.


Feeling Safe: The Power of Me
Recommended for 4th Grade
2 Sessions
Run time: 45 minutes per session
In this two-part discussion, students are empowered with messages that they are in charge of their own body and that no one has the right to touch them in an unhealthy and unsafe way. Students will learn the difference between an OK and NOT OK touch and the steps to take if someone makes them feel uncomfortable. Using an interactive activity, discussion and a video, students engage in an age appropriate conversation on the grooming process and learn that no matter what, it is always ok to assert their boundaries.


Feeling Safe: Media & Culture
Recommended for 4th Grade
Run time: 45 minutes
Media & Culture asks students to look closely at the messaging they receive from the media and the way these messages shape our construct of gender. Focusing on the rigid gender roles presented by many Disney films and pop icons alike, students learn to identify toxic characteristics of femininity and masculinity and how these views can influence interactions and relationships with peers and family.


Feeling Safe: Healthy Relationships & Friendships
Recommended for 5th Grade
Run time: 45 minutes
With the Healthy Relationships & Friendships program, students learn the necessary elements of healthy interactions and relationships. Students will use critical thinking skills as they play in an interactive game asking them to identify healthy and unhealthy behaviors and characteristics. Students are taught to recognize “red flag” behaviors and where to seek help for themselves or a friend.


Digital Citizenship
Recommended for 5th Grade
Run time: 45 minutes
With over 900 million users on the Internet in the world, it can be a scary place for young people. This program is designed to reinforce Internet safety skills and to teach students to be “Digital Citizens” by building empathy, boundaries, and bystander interventions skills as they relate to social media and the Internet.

Middle School Programs

Sexual Harassment
Recommended for 6th-8th Grade
Run time: 45 minutes
This program explains sexual harassment and the forms it can take in the workplace and at school, including discussions on gender-based violence and sexism. Students will learn procedures to follow if they have been a victim of harassment and the services available to them at The Center.


Media Messages
Recommended for 6th- 7th Grade
Run time 45 minutes
Media Messages teaches students to analyze the rigid gender norms presented by various forms of media. From magazines to pop icons to television and movies, students will learn how culture, media and technology can influence attitudes and behaviors. Students will learn the components of healthy relationships and draw parallels to the relationships that are presented by the media.


Social Media Safety
Recommended for 6th- 7th Grade
Run time 45 minutes
Students will learn what information is safe to share on social media and why it’s important to practice safe Internet use. This program focuses heavily on “sexting” why people “sext” and what to do if a questionable photo or text is received.


What is Consent?
Recommended for 8th Grade
Run time 45 minutes
This program provides students with laws and case studies about sexual assault and outlines what consent looks and sounds like. Students will gain an understanding of why sexual violence occurs, what do to when sexual assault takes place, and how to access community resources.

High School Programs

Sexual Harassment
Recommended for 9th-12th Grade
Run time: 45 minutes
This program helps students understand sexual harassment law, the difference between flirting and harassment, Title IX, and why sexual harassment occurs. Students have the opportunity to understand how gender stereotypes lead to sexual violence and what to do if they experience sexual harassment.


Sexting
Recommended for 9th-12th Grade
Run time: 45 minutes
This workshop helps students understand what sexting is, why it happens, and the legal, social, and emotional consequences associated with it. In dissecting gender norms, this conversation analyzes how the media influences decision making as it relates to sexting and creates a variety of social pressures. Using case studies and group discussions, students will learn how to handle receiving inappropriate pictures and how to intervene if a photo starts circulating among their peers.


Teen Dating Violence
Recommended for 9th-12th Grade
Run time: 45 minutes
In the United States, 1 in 3 teens is a victim of sexual, emotional, verbal or physical abuse by a dating partner. This program analyzes the root cause of this issue, power and control, and sheds light on sexual violence and unhealthy relationship dynamics. Students will learn to identify “red flag” behaviors and where to seek help for themselves or a friend.


Dynamics of Sexual Assault
Recommended for 10th-12th Grade
Run time: 45 minutes
This program helps students understand sexual assault by explaining specific laws, statistics, and debunking myths about perpetrators and victims. Through activities and conversation, students learn what consent is and when it can and cannot legally be given. Students will be given steps to take in case a sexual assault occurs.


Know Before You Go
Recommended for 12th Grade
2 Sessions
Session 1 Run time: 45 minutes
Session 2 Run time: 45 minutes
Know Before You Go provides an in depth look at the issue of college sexual assault. Analyzing
“campus culture,” students will learn to identify attitudes, behaviors and customs which lay the ground work for sexual violence to flourish.. Students will learn about Affirmative Consent and the policies and laws in place regarding sexual assault response on college campuses.

The second session of this interactive program empowers students to be upstanders in potentially harmful situations. Attendees will gain tools that will allow them to intervene in safe, non-violent ways to help end sexual harassment and sexual abuse.