Sex, Safety & Respect: Training for Universities
"Primary prevention makes preventing violence everyone’s responsibility
and asserts that we all have a role to play in changing the culture, structures
and attitudes that drive violence against women."
— Our Watch, Putting the prevention of violence against women into
practice: How to change the story
Sex, Safety and Respect is a suite of sexual assault prevention
programs specifically designed for the university environment. Using a range of
learning strategies based on reflection and skills development, the programs lead
participants through concepts such as ethical decision making in their
interpersonal relationships, understanding other people’s desires and needs,
the law, skills in ethical negotiation, ethics and social media, and being an
programs are evidenced based and best practice, delivered by educators
who have been specifically trained to deliver sexual violence
prevention education in multiple settings including universities. Our trainers are
highly skilled and have extensive backgrounds working as counsellors
with sexual assault survivors, and as educators.
Sex, Safety and Respect has been researched and developed by
Professor Moira Carmody with support and financial assistance from The Hunting
Ground Australia Project. Sex, Safety and
Respect builds on the highly successful and evaluated Sex and Ethics
Program which has been offered across Australia and New Zealand since 2007.
programs are delivered by the Full Stop Foundation. Educators, when not
providing sexual assault prevention training, are employed by Rape &
Domestic Violence Services Australia. The educators are social workers, psychologists
and counsellors, and have extensive backgrounds working with adults. All
proceeds from the training are directed to providing services for those who
experienced sexual, domestic or family violence.
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is involving a sexual assault service important?
To be effective, sexual assault prevention
programs must be delivered by experts with specific skills, knowledge and
training in sexual assault and trauma. 1
in 5 women and 1 in 20 men have experienced sexual assault since the age of 18.
This means that any given group of participants is likely to include people
with experiences of sexual violence.
Groups may also include participants that hold
victim blaming attitudes or subscribe to rape myths. This can produce
challenges for maintaining group safety and an effective learning environment.
Skilled professional can ensure participant safety sand continuous, positive
Facilitators who lack specific expertise and
opportunities for debrief within a formal professional setting can be adversely
impacted by the material they deliver.
|What is best practice?
|What isn't best practice?
- Evidence based and underpinned by a gender analysis
- Culturally sensitive, inclusive and appropriate
- Involving a sexual assault service and delivered by experts with relevant expertise
- Includes information on ethical bystander behavior
- Developed in consultation with young people and rigorously evaluated
|- Programs developed by or delivered by non-experts
- Focus just on laws or biology, while leaving subjects like consent, communication and relationships untouched
- Focus on risk avoidance / punishment avoidance rather than empathy and respect
- Programs which ignore the competencies and skills young people bring to discussions about relationships
- Lack of coherent conceptual approach to program design and stated theory of change