Sexual Violence Prevention Services in Warren County
Stopping the Violence…Before it Starts
Sexual Violence is a crime of violence, power, and control. It occurs when a person is forced, threatened or coerced into sexual contact against his or her will. It included unwanted touching, kissing, and rape. It can happen to anyone; there is no lifestyle or behavior which causes a person to become a victim.
Sexual Violence Prevention
Primary prevention of sexual violence is stopping it before it happens. Primary prevention focuses on changing attitudes and beliefs that contribute to the acceptance of sexual violence.
The Laurel Center’s Sexual Violence Prevention Program is proud to serve Warren County. We offer a variety of programs geared towards preventing sexual violence from occurring. Violence can be prevented through education, awareness, bystander intervention, and community change. We believe it’s possible to end violence, however, we need help and we need YOU to be a part of our efforts. All of our programs are free and confidential, and can be offered to fit you or your group’s schedule. Our current programs in Warren County include: Multiple School-based Prevention programs for middle and high school aged students, Nurturing Parenting Workshops, and the Youth Advocacy Council. Details for each program can be found below. Thanks so much for your interest in ending sexual violence.
- The Laurel Center Sexual Violence Prevention Team
Sexual Violence Prevention Programs in Warren County
Teen Prevention Programing (school and group based)
Teenagers should understand sexual violence and healthy relationships in an effort to prevent future violence. A healthy relationship is when both partners are emotionally healthy and physically safe. A healthy relationship encourages positive values such as trust, honesty, respect, and communication.
Signs of a healthy relationship include: mutual respect, forgiveness, intimacy, honest communication, empathy, trust, support, effort, commitment, and shared responsibility. The following programs are available for your youth or school groups:
Safe Dates is an evidence-based multi-session curriculum targeted towards those youth who are most at-risk to experience violence. This curriculum is a comprehensive prevention program designed to raise awareness of dating violence, teach skills for healthy relationships, develop youth leadership, and increase safety and respect on school campuses. Over 80% of the students in past years have reported that the information they received through the Safe Dates program will affect how they act in future relationships. The goals of this program are to:
• Raise students’ awareness of what constitutes healthy and abusive dating relationships
• Raise students’ awareness of dating abuse and its causes and consequences
• Equip students with the skills and resources to help themselves or friends in abusive dating relationships
• Equip students with the skills to develop healthy dating relationships, including positive communication, anger management, and conflict resolution
One in 10 high school students has experienced physical violence from a dating partner in the past year. 48% of students in grades 7-12 experience some form of sexual harassment in person or electronically via texting, email and social media. Dating violence, sexual harassment, and bullying are common among teens. Fortunately, teen violence is entirely preventable.The DO YOU program addresses teen violence by promoting positive youth development and healthy relationships by helping teens:
• Build compassion
• Learn to model fairness and equality
• Adapt media literacy tools to analyze media messages
• Learn about the four components to healthy sexuality
• Master two primary communication skills: active listening and assertiveness
More information about the DO YOU program can be found at: http://www.vsdvalliance.org/#/prevention/prevention-projects
Shifting Boundaries: Lessons on relationships for students in middle school is an evidence-based, multi-level prevention program for middle school students on sexual harassment and precursors to dating violence. The program is unique in that it embraces an environmental approach that identifies multiple strategies to support young people – both school-wide interventions and classroom lessons. This program is designed for 6th and 7th grade classes in 4 and 6 multi-session groups.
Parenting Classes: Nurturing Parenting
The Laurel Center offers FREE Parenting Workshops called Nurturing Parenting in Warren County and surrounding areas. These classes are perfect for parents who need support, information, tips to combat stress, and any parenting tools. In the course of the ten-week Parenting Workshops, parents learn a wide variety of Nurturing Parenting concepts such as: age appropriate developmental capabilities, empathy, and self-worth. We also explore alternatives to spanking with the goal of empowering our children to make good choices, problem solve & communicate in healthy ways! These classes are appropriate for parents with children of any age and are also offered in five-week sessions. Classes are offered continuously.
The Youth Advocacy Council (YAC)
1 in 3 adolescents have experienced some kind of abuse by a Dating partner. That’s MORE than any other type of violence! The Laurel Center wants to build a Council of teens who can work towards ending violence in their communities. We believe that teens have an important voice and it needs to be heard. Middle and High School aged Students are welcome to join in and help us develop this group! We want to work with YOU to understand how we can work together to END VIOLENCE! Teens that join YAC will help:
- Tell us what works and what doesn’t
- Plan FUN awareness events
- Report to the City Manager
- Report to the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
- Plan a Youth Summit for the Northern Shenandoah Valley
- Learn about Healthy Relationships
This is an excellent way for your teen to build leadership skills, work with their community to end violence, and add some critical skills to their resumes!