Safe Dates is a school-based prevention program for middle and high school students designed to stop or prevent the initiation of dating violence victimization and perpetration, including the psychological, physical, and sexual abuse that may occur between youths involved in a dating relationship. The program goals are to change adolescent norms on dating violence and gender roles, improve conflict resolution skills for dating relationships, promote victims’ and perpetrators’ beliefs in the need for help and awareness of community resources for dating violence, encourage help-seeking by victims and perpetrators, and develop peer help-giving skills.
Topics covered include:
- Session 1: Defining Caring Relationships
- Session 2: Defining Dating Abuse
- Session 3: Why Do People Abuse?
- Session 4: How to Help Friends
- Session 5: Helping Friends
- Session 6: Overcoming Gender Stereotypes
- Session 7: How We Feel, How We Deal
- Session 8: Equal Power through Communication
- Session 9: Preventing Sexual Assault
- Session 10: Reviewing the Safe Dates Program
Sessions are highly interactive, combining meaningful discussion, role-playing, and worksheets. PCASA will provide all the materials necessary and lead the class.