Education is central to stopping sexual violence before it starts. healingSPACE hosts events in the community throughout the year and offers primary prevention education and training programs for schools, organizations, and businesses.
The mission of the Media Literacy Project, founded in 1993 by Deirdre Downs, is to transform people into critical media consumers and engaged media justice advocates who deconstruct media, inform media policy, and create media that reflect their lived experiences.
At healingSPACE, we use the Media Literacy Project curriculum to help youth and young adults decipher the complex messages they are bombarded with from numerous media sources, including to examine how sexual violence is perpetuated through media messages. Young people who are media literate can:
• Understand how media messages create meaning
• Identify who created a particular media message
• Recognize what the media maker wants us to believe or do
• Name the “tools of persuasion” used
• Recognize bias, spin, misinformation, and lies
• Discover the part of the story that’s not being told
• Evaluate media messages based on our own experiences, beliefs, and values
• Create and distribute our own media messages
• Become advocates for change in our media system
If your school, organization, or community is interested in Media Literacy training, contact healingSPACE at 201-881-1751 or [email protected].
Our Bystander Intervention program teaches youth and young adults how to intervene safely in various situations, including possible instances of sexual violence. Our program helps people recognize potentially dangerous situations, and provides them with the tools to take effective action that keeps them safe while also helping others who may be in danger.
Bystander Intervention is based on the premise that stopping sexual violence and other forms of power-based violence can be accomplished by bystanders who have a choice to intervene or walk away. Bystander Intervention discourages victim blaming, offers the chance to change societal norms, and shifts responsibility of preventing sexual violence to both men and women.
If your school, organization, or community is interested in Bystander Intervention training, contact healingSPACE at 201-881-1751 or [email protected].
Safe Dates is an engaging, interactive curriculum for 8th and 9th grade girls and boys that helps them recognize the difference between caring, supportive dating relationships and controlling, manipulative, or abusive ones. The program includes a ten-session course, play script, poster contest, parent materials, and teacher training outline.
Safe Dates teaches teens how to prevent emotional, physical, and sexual abuse from happening in their dating relationships by:
• Changing adolescent dating violence and gender-role norms
• Improving peer helping and dating conflict-resolution skills
• Promoting victim and perpetrator beliefs in needing help and seeking help through community resources
Safe Dates was designated as a Model Program by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and was selected for the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.
If your school, organization, or community is interested in the Safe Dates program, contact healingSPACE at 201-881-1751 or [email protected].
Young people are a high-risk group for both perpetrating and becoming victims of sexual violence. , so reaching students. Since 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused or assaulted before the age of 18, it is vital to empower young people with the knowledge they need to prevent sexual assault.
healingSPACE staff is trained to teach workshops relevant to the age and developmental abilities of the audience. Youth presentations cover topics such as what is consent, sexual violence continuum, drug- facilitated sexual assault, mandatory reporting, the law, and how and where to get help.
If your school, organization, or community is interested in youth presentations, contact healingSPACE at 201-881-1751 or [email protected].
healingSPACE staff provides professional training on a wide variety of topics pertaining to sexual violence such as sexual assault continuum, sexual harassment, trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, first response, mandatory reporting, law and legal issues, and increasing victim empathy.
Training group may be mental health professionals, group home staff, teachers, coaches, nurses, police, corrections officers, child care staff, and others. Training is tailored to the specific needs of the group.
If you are interested in professional training for your group, contact healingSPACE at 201-881-1751 or [email protected].