DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION EDUCATION PROGRAMS

COMMUNITY EDUCATION AND PREVENTION

First Step’s trained educators are available to present to health-care professionals, law enforcement officials, members of the clergy and other faith-based leaders, community organizations, corporations, and professional associations on the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault.

If you are interested in scheduling a training seminar for your group or workplace, please contact Kathleen Howard at khoward@firststep-mi.org.

SCHOOL PROGRAMS

A large part of the prevention strategy at First Step is focused on our partnerships with area schools. School programs are presented in the classroom in an age-appropriate manner and are designed to raise awareness and provide information on how our culture, gender roles and expectations influence dating violence and sexual assault. Students will also learn about resources, risk reduction strategies and bystander intervention.

KEEPING KIDS SAFE

The Keeping Kids Safe Program is geared towards elementary school age children, specifically 3rd grade. This program provides children with age-appropriate information regarding family violence, safety planning, conflict resolution and resources. This program is designed to help reduce the impact of family violence on children, assist them in developing safety planning techniques for their home/family, and teaches children how to use positive coping skills to express their feelings.

If you are interested in learning more about this program or to schedule a Keeping Kids Safe presentation, please contact Samantha Straub at sstraub@firststep-mi.org.

MIDDLE, HIGH SCHOOL and College PROGRAMS

First Step offers programs that concentrate on raising awareness of sexual assault, dating violence and sexual harassment for middle school, high school and college students.

Sexual Assault: This program defines sexual assault and provides examples. Students are taught that “YES” is the only form of consent.

Dating violence: This program discusses the importance of forming healthy and supportive dating relationships. It will explore various forms of dating violence, and teaches students what the signs are, how to get help and how to help a friend who is a victim of violence.

Sexual harassment: This program defines sexual harassment and covers the difference between sexual harassment and flirting. Students will discuss causes of sexual harassment, strategies for being an effective bystander and how to get help.

To schedule a presentation for middle school, high school or college level students, please contact Kathleen Howard at khoward@firststep-mi.org.

Schools who participate in our prevention education programs are encouraged to donate a nominal fee.

SHARE A STORY

Are you a survivor of sexual assault or domestic violence who wants to use public speaking as a tool for social change?

Explore how to use your story to help change perceptions about sexual assault and domestic violence. Learn how to counter myths and misconceptions, create dialogue and field questions.

Most important, learn whether you’re ready and in a secure enough position for a speaking engagement.

For more information, please email us at info@firststep-mi.org.