Early prevention is key to disrupting a pattern of abuse. Abuse prevention programs can educate students and support them in achieving relationships based on personal safety, equality, and respect. The “Increase the Peace” curriculum is designed to empower students in grades K-12 with the information to identify abusive behaviors and the skills to build healthy relationships and support victims of abuse.
The “Squeakers” program uses an animal puppet show to teach basic issues of safety and prevention. Children learn to understand that their bodies are their own as well as to trust their feelings when someone is making them uncomfortable.
The book Hands Are Not for Hitting by Martine Agassi reinforces children’s understanding and appreciation of their own abilities while teaching that hitting is never okay. Guided discussion encourages children to think about and practice behaviors that use hands to communicate in positive ways.
Discussion and reading of Three Kinds of Touches emphasizes body safety. Children learn what to do when someone is making them feel unsafe or uncomfortable and how to find safety at home and at school as well as teaching children when and how to say “no” to unwanted touches.
Grades 3 & 4
The Child Assault Prevention Program (CAPP) teaches children to be “Safe, Strong, and Free”. Interactive role-plays instruct students on strategies for self-assertiveness, the importance of peer support, and telling a trusted adult.
Grades 5 & 6
This interactive session involves discussion and case-studies that will help students to establish personal boundaries as well as to identify bullying behavior and to take appropriate and effective action against it. Discussion includes the dynamics of bullying, the consequences for bullies and victims, and the importance of bystander intervention.
Flirting or Hurting?
This highly interactive session will help students to establish personal boundaries as well as to identify sexually harassing behavior and to take appropriate and effective action against it.
This program encourages students to voice their own opinions on the traits of a healthy relationship and teaches them how to identify potentially abusive behaviors. Students analyze a wide range of common dating behaviors to determine whether or not they are healthy.
Dating Violence Prevention
This session focuses on the dynamics of power and control in a dating violence situation, “red flags” of abusive and controlling relationships, and help for victims of dating violence.
Sexual Assault Prevention
This session addresses the scope, dynamics, and effects of sexual violence and acquaintance rape. The program focuses on the importance of understanding the concept of consent. Common myths about sexual assault are discussed and debunked. Services and support for victims are also discussed.