New Prevention Efforts at RCASA!

In Sexual Assault Awareness on September 27, 2011 at 5:00 am

Hello from the Prevention Desk!

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Prevention Coordinator at RCASA. Originally from Massachusetts, I lived in Indiana for 5 years where I received my B.A. in Human Development and Social Relations from Earlham College. While living in Indiana I worked for Child Protective Services as a Spanish interpreter, as well as for the court system as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).  Additionally, I taught in the Public School system and at college prep. program for high school students.

I am very excited to be working with RCASA as the Prevention Coordinator and we have several projects in the community already underway. The prevention program at RCASA seeks to provide primary prevention (before an assault has occurred) programs to children and disabled adults in the community. Here is what you can expect to see in the near future:

Spotsylvania Middle Schools: We have met with the counselors of Spotsylvania Middle Schools to discuss a program called “Choose Respect.” Choose Respect seeks to empower young people’s communication skills, build self-esteem and teach boundaries, recognize healthy and unhealthy relationship patterns (all relationships including peer, parental, academic etc. ), and avoid situations where victimization is more likely to occur. We will provide large group presentations for every 7th grade P.E. class, as well as provide the option to join a coed Peer-Leadership Corps which will meet weekly during study halls (thanks to a grant funded by Women and Girls).

Kenmore Club: We are offering a class called “ASSERT” (Awareness, Safety, Self-Esteem, Relationship Training) which is an introduction to boundaries, assertiveness, self-esteem building and recognition of healthy vs. unhealthy or coercive behaviors. The program is tailored to fit all developmental levels of students.

Community Prevention Efforts: We will be offering classes for children and adults in several local housing communities. Prevention classes will be geared toward children 1-7th grade, as well as for adults and parents.

Planning District 16 School Outreach:  We have started an initiative to reach out to local PTAs, school boards and counseling departments in order to provide prevention education in the schools. If you are interested in having a prevention presentation, or long-term program in your local school (elementary-high school), I would love to hear from you!

We are always looking to expand our programs to community centers, schools, youth groups, residential facilities, detention centers/ correction facilities, faith-based organizations, housing communities, businesses, and other community organizations! If you would like more information please do not hesitate contact us at prevention@rcasa.org or Rosie at 540-371-6771.


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