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Introduction to Sexual Violence Course: Challenging Myths, Changing Attitudes

Course Description
Who's it for?

This day-long (or two half days) workshop is designed to help people understand how damaging the myths around sexual violence are; to give them information which challenges those myths; to equip them to recognise sexual violence as trauma, and the implications of that for victim/survivors; and to provide resources which improve the responses victims/survivors of sexual violence get from different services.

By the end of this session learners will:

  • Be able to define sexual violence;
  • Understand the possible impacts of sexual violence on the victim/survivor and their friends/family/partner;
  • Feel confident to challenge commonly held myths around sexual violence and sexual abuse;
  • Understand how to provide an effective response to a disclosure of sexual violence;
  • Know what relevant services are available locally;
  • Have a better understanding of who perpetrates sexual violence;
  • Gain a deeper knowledge of the impacts of sexual violence and how they can “ripple” out to affect every aspect of a victim/survivor’s life;
  • Acquire insight into the trauma caused by sexual violence and how it affects the brain, body, and behaviour;
  • Develop an improved understanding of how victims/survivors learn to cope with trauma symptoms;
  • Achieve clarity about the gendered nature of sexual violence; and
  • Develop a strong conviction that challenging sexist behaviour can make a real difference.

This can be delivered as an interactive webinar (two three-hour sessions) or as a whole day classroom-based session.  Learner resources include:

Workbook; Powerpoint slides; Information packs; and follow-up resources.

On completion, learners receive a CPD accreditation certificate.

All staff.

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Course Learning Objectives

This workshop explores some of the myths and facts around all forms of sexual violence. It is designed to raise awareness of the issues faced by victims/survivors of sexual violence with a view to improving the responses they receive from services.

Be able to define sexual violence

  • know the types of behaviours and activities that are included in this definition;
  • be able to differentiate between consensual and non-consensual sexual activities in terms of emotions, physical reactions and relationship context.

Understand the possible impacts of sexual violence on the victim/survivor and their friends/family/partner

  • be aware of the implications of sexual violence being experienced as trauma;
  • understand what coping strategies a victim/survivor might use to cope with post-trauma responses;
  • be able to make the links between the trauma of sexual violence and someone’s behaviour at work or school;
  • recognise how this trauma might affect someone’s family/personal life in a range of ways;
  • be aware of the issues victims/survivors face within the criminal justice process.

Feel confident to challenge commonly held myths around sexual violence and sexual abuse

  • identify victim blaming myths and their impact on society;
  • identify myths around who perpetrates sexual violence and their impact on society;
  • recognise the links between these myths and the difficulties within the criminal justice process.

Understand how to provide an effective response to a disclosure of sexual violence

  • understand the victim/survivor’s perspective in terms of what they might need or want;
  • recognise how to balance organisational safeguarding concerns with individual rights.

Know what relevant services are available locally

  • be able to signpost someone to appropriate support;
  • be able to make a referral to a specialist support service where appropriate.

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Please note that we are not a frontline organisation. If you or someone you know needs urgent help following a sexual assault, visit the Rape Crisis website for a list of services that will be able to help you.