YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts – A Voice for Women and Girls

Education, Outreach & Training

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Staff and volunteers have created a variety of presentations and workshops on a wide range of topics pertaining to sexual assault.

We present to classrooms, educate providers on our services, train professionals to become more comfortable responding to disclosures of sexual assault, and engage our communities in activities to help prevent future acts of violence throughout the North Shore.

Presentations may be chosen from our list of established topics, or we can work with you to create a unique learning opportunity tailored to your needs, experience, and areas of interest. To speak with someone about your options, contact Nina Goodwin or contact our office at 781.477.2313.

Presentation Options:

  • Talking About Consent and What it Means
    This presentation goes beyond the old adage “no means no” and pulls apart the concept of consent. In this session, we will discuss what the definition of consent is, determine what qualifies as consent during an interactive activity, define enthusiastic consent and discuss the possible consequences of miscommunications.
  • Acquaintance Rape & Stranger Danger: Perceptions and Misconceptions of Sexual Assault
    In this presentation, we engage participants in a dissection of common myths regarding sexual assault that are pervasive in our communities and compare them to data and statistics from current research. We discuss the impact these perceptions have on survivors of sexual assault, their healing process, and how they affect the systems and resources that survivors may come into contact with.
  • SEEKing Support: Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Assault
    Using the SEEK model developed at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (Safety, Empowerment, Empathy, Knowledge), the goal of this workshop is to increase participants’ comfort in responding to disclosures of sexual assault, to clarify what their role is in the moment of disclosure, and to facilitate the survivor’s access to available options and additional support opportunities.
  • Healthy Relationships
    Based on the Safe Date program, curriculum is focused on preventing adolescent dating violence. It can be presented in six, five or two (one-hour) sessions including the following topics; defining caring relationships, defining dating abuse, helping friends involved in potentially abusive relationships, overcoming gender stereotypes, developing communication and emotion regulating skills, as well as addressing sexual assault. The curriculum includes many interactive activities and scenarios. Safe Dates is a research-based program with strong long-term outcomes.
  • Healthy Sexuality
    This presentation looks at sexuality in a holistic, empowering way.  Presentations can be given between one and three, hour-long sessions. We focus on understanding the meanings of gender identity, sexual orientation, intimacy and sexualization, and how the way these issues are talked about in society affect how we construct our own sexualities.
  • Medical & Legal Advocacy for Survivors
    After receiving a disclosure of sexual assault, first responders, providers, other professionals and even friends & family are in a unique position to help survivors access time-sensitive resources. This training is designed as a follow-up to our SEEKing Support workshop and helps familiarize community members with the medical and legal options for survivors, including information about time-sensitive and long-term options.
  • Teen boy, asian, kind of angry lookingMale & Transgender Survivors
    In Massachusetts, nearly 1 in 4 men and over 50% of people who identify as transgender experience some form of sexual victimization in their lifetime. Rape and sexual assault are not just “women’s issues”, but many providers and communities are unaware of how much men as well as transgender individuals are impacted by sexual violence or how to respond to the diverse needs of survivors. This workshop explores the prevalence of assaults on male and transgender survivors, discusses similarities they share with female survivors, and highlights unique challenges and barriers experienced by many men and transgender people in the aftermath of a sexual assault.
  • Stand Up Speak Out: Preparing Your Community for Sexual Assault Prevention

    An intense look at how common misconceptions about sexual assault can allow perpetrators to camoflage their behaviors. Using research from studies of “undetected rapists” (perpetrators of sexual assault whose crimes were never reported or prosecuted), particular attention is paid to how alcohol and manipulation are often used to facilitate rape. We then turn our attention to identifying indicators of perpetrative behaviors and begin the dialogue of how we can send a message in our communities that these behaviors will not be tolerated.

Again, any of the presentations otpins can be tailored to your specific needs, or we can prepare a presentation on a topic pertinent to your group, community or school.