The Rape Crisis National Sexual Violence Prevention programme
Schools across Scotland can access free workshops from the Rape Crisis National Sexual Violence Prevention Programme, delivered by their local rape crisis centre.
The workshop was well received by pupils. They found it relevant and felt it was helpful in highlighting myths around sexual behaviour.
The programme is funded by the Scottish Government (through the Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention Fund and the Violence against Women and Girls fund) to run workshops across Scotland. Programmes are planned in partnership with schools and youth groups to best meet their needs, from a range of seven topics each adapted for different age or stage groups.
The programme is evidence-based and has been externally evaluated. You can read the evaluation report here.
For more information about how to access workshops in your area contact Isla Guild.
I had a pupil reporting unwanted sexual behaviour by another pupil. The realisation that this does not have to be endured and also the confidence to report it was as a result of participating in the workshop.
The sexual violence prevention programme contributes to the teaching area of your whole school approach and complements the RSHP curriculum. Teachers and young people who took part in the evaluation highlighted the value of external facilitators with specialist knowledge, and felt that this increased young people’s confidence and engagement in discussing sensitive issues. Teachers overwhelmingly agreed that the programme materials were age-appropriate and clearly linked to the Curriculum for Excellence.
Here are some comments from young people:
- “It was reassuring that I know everyone knows how it feels to be pressured by social media and society’s perfect image.“
- “Didn’t realise some things were illegal – like slapping bum in the street. If you said no, then it’s rape – don’t think most boys realise that – feel that most don’t take it seriously.”
- “Boosts your confidence to talk about it if it’s happened to you.”