Last year, Reach Counseling received a grant from the Women’s Fund for their program: Sexual Prevention Education and Advocacy Program – Protective Boundaries. 36 elementary schools in Menasha, Neenah and Oshkosh received the 3-day educational training focused on safety, sexual abuse and harassment, dating violence, stalking, sexting, gender violence, relationships and oppression.
Elizabeth VanAbel, Prevention Educator from Reach Counseling, recently presented to 49 Perry Tipler Middle School students, ages 12 to 17 on the issues of sexual assault, domestic violence, the cycle of violence, and internet media safety. The education is especially important since research shows the average 8-18 year old spends 44.5 hours a week on media.
This program has had great success in helping students learn the importance of protective boundaries. As a result of this immersive education:
- 98% of students had a better understanding of how to find help
- 98% of students recognize and name four warning signs of an unhealthy relationship
- 100% of students are more confident in their ability to recognize abusive talk and behavior.
View the slideshow below with statistics on the importance of this program. Pre and Post education surveys were completed by each student. Success was defined when students reported No Knowledge to Limited Knowledge on the pre-survey and Basic to Full Understanding on the post-survey.