Workshops

In the spring of 2013, we hit the refresh button for our workshops. We sent out a survey to sexual assault professionals like you, asking which of six new workshops they considered most important to the field. Below are the five that stood heads above the others. Of course if these five don’t work for you, we’d be happy to create a customized workshop especially for you. The following workshops can be facilitated to fit one or two hour time blocks. Longer workshops can be created through customization.

PREVENTION WORKSHOPS

Where Do You Stand? Healthy Masculinity, Sexual Assault Prevention, & Bystander Intervention
Grounded in recent research on how and why men do and don't intervene as active bystanders, the “Where Do You Stand?” workshop uses storytelling and emotional intelligence to motivate students – especially young men – to intervene in situations where a sexual assault might occur or when attitudes are expressed that support sexual assault. Students will also participate in creating a diverse toolbox of nonviolent intervention strategies. 

Preventing Rape in a Hook-Up Culture: Alcohol & Healthy Masculinity
Most workshops on alcohol and rape overlook how traditional masculinity and alcohol together create a combustible climate that too often leads to rape. Ours doesn’t. Not only do we include traditional masculinity in the mix, we shake up the usual definition of manhood by promoting a healthy masculinity that embodies open communication, responsible drinking, and healthy respect.

Re-Imagining Consent: How Healthy Masculinity Can Prevent Rape
Our experience has shown that many young men and women still do not have an accurate understanding of what constitutes rape. The misinformation we receive about rape from cultural myths and social norms often erases consent as a critical part of sex. Building on the “yes means yes” model of enthusiastic consent, our workshop defines rape and consent and focuses on the power of healthy masculinity to promote consent and prevent rape.

Rape, Racism, and Healthy Masculinity: How Are They Connected?
The power of words. The promotion of myths and stereotypes. Rape, racism, and healthy masculinity intersect and are connected in many ways. This workshop prepares participants to make critical connections between the three in order to prevent and confront both rape and racism. Linking oppression is a vital tool in the education necessary to inspire your campus or community to take action to prevent rape and racism on campus. 

What’s For Sale? Healthy and Unhealthy Masculinity In The Media
This workshop examines advertising and the social messages of masculinity that young men receive on a daily, or even hourly, basis. In particular, it looks at how masculinity is used and distorted, and how stereotypes of both women and men are perpetuated to try to sell men products. Many of these products also have harmful health ramifications. Starting to build a healthier masculinity first requires investigating sources of unhealthy masculinity.

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