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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 ethical bystander.


All 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.


The 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

have experienced sexual, domestic or family violence.


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Why 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 engagement.

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