The RAP Project is in full swing as we enter the fall term, with visits to Pershore High School in Worcestershire and Fortismere School already behind us. The summer has been a busy one, as we made some major changes to our small non profit with a big voice. First, we became The RAP Project (Raising Awareness & Prevention), formerly known as TRAAP, Teenage Rape Awareness and Prevention. The name change came about as we wanted to incorporate more issues into our talks, including porn, social media and how each influence teenage attitudes today. We also launched a brand new website, which we hope you will visit: www.therapproject.co.uk. Please sign up and join The RAP Pack by giving us your email address. In return, you will get weekly inspiration, personal safety tips for teens, blogs and offers.
Summertime studies also further highlighted how important our work with teenagers is, with new reports on rape, porn and legislation underway in the US about clarifying consent. UNICEF reported that 120 million girls around the world have been raped by the age of 20, or 1 in 10. The report collected data from 190 countries. Here in the UK, the think tank IPPR published its report on young people, sex and relationships last month. The poll shows that online porn, sexting, and social media-social lives are the new norms. The teenagers overwhelmingly expressed that their Sex and Education Education classes (SRE) are not equipping them with the knowledge required to cope with the pressures of online romancing, break-ups and make-ups. The majority also said they felt porn was leading to unrealistic attitudes towards sex, and can have a damaging impact on young people’s views of sex or relationship. Finally, there are initiatives at UK universities including Glasgow, Oxford and Cambridge to teach freshers about Consent. There is legislation now being considered in California to make Yes Means Yes law, rather than No Means No, making it essential for both parties to say yes before sex. These are all issues we discuss in our RAP Project presentations.
We also point out we have developed a new presentation entitled The Big Leap which discusses in details, the pitfalls and challenges young face during their months as Freshers, specifically Lad Culture, or what we call “LAD-itude,” facing life independently for the first time and also importance guidance for Gap Year students.
Awareness is Power. We look forward to a great year!