This month is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, #SAAM. Day One, and other organizations like us, are standing with the National Sexual Violence Research Center to show Prevention is Possible.
Daily, Day One spreads awareness through community outreach and educational programs that really do show that Prevention is Possible. Our education department is reaching out to high school students before they get to the essential, experimental years of college, (where sexual assault offenses are growing rapidly, read more here) with information that can keep them and, possibly, a friend safe as well.
Year round, our education department works with students in our Your Voice, Your View program or #YVYV. This grant-funded program moves from school to school encouraging students to use their voices to learn about topics like sexual violence and what makes healthy relationships. Through this program, Day One is able to meet the students where they are comfortable and bring important topics to the table that, as a society and culture, we are still having issues addressing publicly.
How Do We Do That?The method is in the name: Your Voice, Your View. Day One’s Education Department wants to help Rhode Island youth develop their own views and use their own voices to understand and spread awareness about sexual violence, sexual preference, gender norms, and healthy relationships.
This year, we implemented a new way for youth to get involved and interested: Social Media and Cash Prizes. Through our Vine social media page, with #YVYV, a new prompt is released every month. During this month, all Rhode Island high schoolers are invited to join in this dialogue. Day One wants to hear what you would do in certain tough situations.
Through Vine, Day One is hoping to reach a much wider young audience in our state to start very important conversations. The dialogue focuses on both victim and bystander situations to get the wheels turning if anyone is put into a tough situation. We encourage high schoolers to think like “Active Bystanders” through dialogue and education.
The prompts can range from “Give us your go to strategy for keep friends safe.” to what would you as a student do when hearing another student called a “fag” or judge for sexual preferences:
Since, this April, Day One is spreading awareness about #SAAM, the question prompt was:
“Prevention is Possible when…”
Our winner, Dionna Greene responded,
“Prevention is possible when [we] try to get help and not be scared of judgement.”
Thank you, Dionna Greene, for participating in our conversation and enjoy your $25 dollar gift card!
Day One has been very pleased and excited by this online dialogue and are hoping to see more high schoolers and schools join in the conversation! Here’s how to get involved:
- Have your high schooler visit our Vine page
- Comment and participate in the conversation as much as possible.
- Wait for $25 raffle: The winner is picked in a raffle drawing; the more involved you are involved in the conversation, the higher your chances.
A great way to start this conversation with in your household is to register and fundraise as a family for our Annual Day One 5K! Education and open conversation are two very powerful prevention tools and remember together…
Prevention is Possible!
Day One has education and training opportunities for college students and the general Rhode Island community. Learn more about our Education and Community Outreach here, at DayOneRI.org.
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