Community Education & Professional Training
The goals of RCASA’s community education and training efforts are to increase public awareness about the impact of sexual assault, promote community involvement, foster a multi-disciplinary systems approach to victims of sexual assault and child sexual abuse, and challenge the prevailing attitudes and dispel the myths which perpetuate the problem of sexual assault. RCASA offers free specialized training, workshops, and sexual assault prevention programming to the general public as well as to allied professional groups and individuals in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Caroline and King George counties. To request a training, contact the RCASA office at 540.371.6771.
RCASA’s prevention education program is a key part of achieving our vision of a community free from sexual violence. The goals of RCASA’s prevention education program are to create a climate in which sexual assault is no longer tolerated, to promote healthy relationships, to build skills for safe intervention, and to reduce the risk of individuals perpetrating sexual assault or being targeted. RCASA provides prevention education to students from kindergarten through college, either directly in schools or community settings or on a train-the-trainer basis.
Sexual assault prevention education promotes the acceptance of every person as valuable and worthy of respect and equal treatment. Prevention is not just about telling young people what not to do, but about promoting a healthy model for relationships. Education topics include empathy, healthy boundaries, identifying role models for healthy relationships, skills for healthy relationships including impulse control and conflict resolution, bystander intervention, and decreasing attitudes and behaviors that assume competition between genders.
Education and awareness presentations are also available to the general public. Please call our Education and Prevention Services Coordinator to schedule a presentation. 540.371.6771.