Welcome to this month’s RAP Chat, The RAP Project’s newsletter. Deana and Allison have enjoyed a very busy 2016, kicking off with a valuable seminar organised by the Public Policy Exchange entitled Tackling Rape, Sexual Assault and Harassment at Universities and Colleges in January. The RAP Project then went international, when Deana addressed Year 10 students at Somersfield Academy in Bermuda. Allison was left behind in rainy London holding down the fort. Later that week, RAP found inspiration when listening to the experiences of many young people who are changing the world with their scientific, sociological and musical experiences and projects at a TEDxTeen day at the O2. One of our proudest achievements this year is having addressed 30 secondary school counsellors with Place2Be, a national charity providing emotional support to students throughout the UK. The afternoon was extremely informative and rewarding, and RAP was thrilled with the positive feedback.
As we approach our 100th school, we are also finishing up our first book, which will be published in September 2016 with Random House/Ebury Press. Watch this Space!
In the meantime, our priorities continue to be with the students, teachers and parents around the UK who invite us into their schools and offices to learn about the legal aspects of rape, sexual assault, sexting, consent and personal safety advice. Laddisim, or ‘LAD-itude’ as we call it, is now a part of our talks as is the Intervention Initiative and The Bystander Approach.
Below is a brief summary of our most popular RAPS:
The RAP Project: Social Skills for Life: Ages 10 to 14: This RAP defines rape, sexual assault and consent. We use real cases prosecuted by Deana to illustrate scenarios, as well as share quotes from young men and women about what makes them uncomfortable, socially. We also engage the students if in cases of online grooming, Laddism, and unwanted attention on public transport. We examine online pornography and healthy intimacy, and look at how the former is filtering into mainstream media. Sexting and the law is a large part of this presentation. Using acronyms, we highlight issues surrounding personal safety in terms of early dating, parties, independent travel, the use of social media and the Internet, We strongly suggest the concept of discretion online, and the importance of personal boundaries. Alcohol, Drugs within the context of The RAP Project, is explored.
The RAP Project: Social Skills for Life: Ages 15 to 16; 17-18:This talk covers many of the same issues as above, but in a more mature voice. Students may now be exploring sexual relations, and their social scene is far more sophisticated. The quotes are more mature, where the genders express what makes them uncomfortable, and we explore hardcore pornography, healthy relationships and the importance of mutual respect and mutual consent in more detail. In terms of sexual assault and risk taking, we look at how alcohol and drugs can radically change one’s personality. The legal and emotionally damaging of aspects of Sexting is discussed in detail. In addition to discussing personal safety in terms of Dating, Parties, Travel, Music festivals, we also discuss Tinder and Grindr. Alcohol, Drugs within the context of The RAP Project is explored.
The RAP Project: Altered, Airbrushed and Unrealistic: Ages 10-18 – This presentation addresses body image issues experienced by both young men and women. It is very interactive and very popular with the younger students. How does 24/7 access to social media, advertising and the Internet affect their self-esteem and body image? Why is this generation compelled to send Selfies? How ‘real’ is this communication? We analyse TV shows and adverts they see everyday and explore the subliminal messages and the false ‘desire’ they aim to stimulate. We examine how celebrity culture, pornography and social media influence their personal body and the pressure this unfairly puts on individuals. We share personal experience, advice shared by professionals and resources with the students.
The RAP Project: The BIG LEAP: Upper Sixth:There is no question of the dramatic transition students make when they leave their familiar schools and homes to enter University or take a Gap Year. For the majority, this first taste of independence can be a daunting and an exciting experience. We tackle the emotional as well as the practical pitfalls of living on your own for the first time. We explore the challenges and excitement of Freshers Week while highlighting the importance of staying safe and minimising risky behaviour.
Please reach out to us on firstname.lastname@example.org for bookings or call us on: Allison: 07710 757 688 or Deana: 07813 131 688
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