The RAP Project, or Raising Awareness and Prevention Project, provides a variety of presentations to pre-teens, teenagers, young adults, teachers & parents to raise awareness about personal safety issues on & offline. Our core belief, since we began speaking to students in 2012, is that young people should be taught the legal definitions of sexual offences; be able to identify peer on peer sexual harassment and peer on peer sexual assault; consent; and exercise an understanding of how online porn & social media are influencing attitudes, expectations, behaviours & body image.
The Instagram campaign, Everyone’s Invited, has brought these issues to the fore, and students need this information now more than ever. Our presentations cover personal safety advice while dating, partying, traveling, at music festivals and on university campuses. We address sexting, revenge porn, gender stereotypes and toxic masculinity.
Digital Natives Ages 11-13: This presentation is aimed at exploring what young people are doing online. We focus on issues surrounding Sexting, Cyber Bullying, Online Grooming, & Early Sexualisation. There is no doubt that our kids are at some point exposed to very mature content & inappropriate imagery which leads to confused emotions. We ask them to look at their online behaviour, & consider how this is influencing their personal expectations, attitudes & body image. Exploring their decision-making skills, the students are given realistic scenarios & asked to provide solutions. There are plenty of studies linking 24/7 internet access to self-esteem & mental health issues, & we want our kids to understand the negative as well as the positive aspects of life online. To conclude, we share practical advice on maintaining a positive digital tattoo, protecting privacy, setting boundaries & Practicing Discretion & Kindness On & Offline.
Altered, Airbrushed and Unrealistic – Ages 11-18: This presentation addresses body image issues experienced by all genders. It is highly interactive & popular with the younger students. How does 24/7 access to social media, advertising & the Internet affect their self-esteem and body image? Why is this generation compelled to send selfies? How ‘real’ is this kind of communication? We analyse everyday TV shows & adverts and explore the subliminal messages they are communicating. We examine how fame, pornography & social media influence young people’s body image & expectations. How does the quest for perfection give rise to eating disorders & a desire for cosmetic surgery amongst teens? We share personal experiences, advice shared by professionals & resources with the students. The content is sensitive & appropriate to specific year groups.
Social Skills for Life – Ages 12 to 15: This presentation defines sexual assault & sexual harassment. Using quotes & case studies from real life teenage scenarios, we explore potentially dangerous situations & clarify consent. We also explore cases of online grooming, & unwanted attention on public transport. We touch on online pornography & ask if it is filtering into mainstream media & influencing expectations and body image. Body image is a big issue for all genders & we have the statistics & advice on how to be kinder to yourselves & to each other. We discuss sexting and the laws defining it, as well as how harmful& humiliating this trend can be to another person. Using acronyms, we highlight issues surrounding personal safety in terms of early dating, parties, independent travel, the use of social media & the Internet. We strongly promote the concept of discretion online, & the importance of personal boundaries as well as discussing how the consumption of alcohol & drugs can diminish one’s radar, alter personalities & ability to clearly communicate.
SEND Social Skills for Life: We have developed a presentation that we now deliver in Special Education Needs schools for pupils aged 14-18.
Everyone’s Invited: Now What? – Ages 15-19: The anonymous Instagram campaign Everyone’s Invited is exposing tens of thousands of cases of peer-on-peer sexual assault and harassment on school aged pupils, the vast majority female, in the UK. Many testimonies name the schools where the alleged perpetrators attend and where many of the incidents occurred. As a result, the groundswell of emotion, confusion and anger expressed by young women, and many young men, is unprecedented and has created the opportune moment to implement real change. This presentation looks at Rape Culture, Toxic Masculinity, defines the laws on sexual offences and the necessity of practicing Mutual Respect and Mutual Consent. We analyse how the media and pornography play a major role in reenforcing negative gender stereo types and influence young people’s attitudes and expectations. This presentation empowers women, men, and all gender identities with personal safety advice, how alcohol and drugs interfere with consent, and much more. There is no room in 2021 for Privilege, Ignorance or Passive, Complicit Behaviour. We promote and teach the powerful act of Bystander Intervention. Everyone’s Invited to be an Active Bystander!
Porn: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly – Ages 15-19: We have developed a presentation which examines pornography & its enormous influence on teenagers in today’s digital world. Eliciting words & phrases that teens use to describe porn, we open the talk with a frank discussion on how Hardcore Porn differs from Erotica & analyse how it has evolved over the years. We also share the results of our RAP survey, detailing who is discussing the subject with mum and/or dad and who is watching it. This, combined with various academic studies & surveys, helps us explore how teens experience porn & how it influences expectations, behaviour & attitudes. Is porn filtering into mainstream media & influencing body image? Are teenagers becoming desensitized to the images they are consuming? The presentation moves on to explore the physiological & emotional effects porn can have on an individual. Using an excerpt from a 23-year–old man who wrote to us describing his problems, sharing educational videos on porn, we look at how porn can affect the brain & it’s addictive nature. We also explore the business side of production, & how this multi-billion-dollar industry is notorious for its poor industry standards & illegal content.
The BIG LEAP – Ages 17-19/U6th Form: Students leaving school undoubtedly face a dramatic if exciting transition when arriving at University, taking a GAP Year or starting work. These first taste of real independence can be daunting. We provide practical guidance, share studies & advice on how to make this adjustment from a more informed perspective. Sharing quotes & anecdotes from first year students, we speak frankly on ‘Freshers Week’, drinking & drug culture, sexual freedom & the roller coaster of emotions these may all inspire. Quoting Brook & the NUS, we discuss the rise of ‘LAD-itude,’ our word for ‘laddism’, & misogyny on campus. How does Toxic Masculinity influence young people today? How can students talk about this in order to promote kinder, more inclusive dialogue? How are these documented attitudes reflected in university life, specifically in areas of personal safety & self-respect? Students at UK universities are experiencing higher levels of sexual harassment & sexual assault. Using Durham & Warwick universities to illustrate our point, we publicise some of the shocking incidents at UK unis, & how students can reverse these trends? We cannot underestimate the pressures of booze & of drug-fuelled parties during Fresher’s week, at sports socials & in common rooms. How will the students handle this culture of legal drinking & sexual freedom? We address the reality of false accusations. We drive home the importance of mutual respect, mutual consent & mutual pleasure & embodying the Active Bystander philosophy on & off campus. Understanding the clear, legal definitions of sexual harassment, rape, sexual assault & consent is covered in more detail. This presentation also shares personal safety advice when on a Gap Year, travelling abroad during holidays & enjoying a safer experience at Music Festivals.
Teacher Training: Sex, Likes & Social Media: Talking to Teens in the Digital Age: Students today want to discuss hard-hitting subjects, including peer on peer sexual harassment & assault; sexual citizenship; Everyone’s Invited, Active Bystander Activism & the difference between erotica & online pornography. They are also struggling with issues around body image, self-esteem, & mental health because of social media usage and 24/7 online access to the internet. The founders of The RAP Project understand these topics can be difficult for teaching staff. In this presentation we share our RAP surveys, academic surveys, resources for students in need & years of experience teaching the legal definitions of sexual offenses, practicing Mutual Respect and Mutual Consent, and our effective practice of using scenarios with students who then brainstorm responses to potential challenging situations. We also discuss how to engage parents into the conversation, as these are systemic problems. Schools, families, outside speakers are all stakeholders in raising awareness around sexual citizenship & mental & physical wellbeing. Our workshops are tailored to the teachers of specific year groups.
The Big Leavers – Aged 10-12: This RAP is pitched specifically to Primary students in Year 6. We review the physical and emotional changes that they will soon experience in adolescence & discuss the realities of growing up in both the physical & online world. We examine the importance of self-esteem, peer pressure & how they can take more responsibility for their actions as they transition from primary to secondary school. If they are new to smart phones & tablets, they need to be aware that not all online content & videos are appropriate and can be damaging. We empower our young audience with the concepts of respecting others personal space & privacy; their personal & online safety, cyber bullying, & introduce the concept of consent. Practicing kindness on & offline is also discussed during this presentation.
Let’s Rap About the Digital Birds and Bees for PARENTS: This RAP is aimed at parents of children aged 9-11. Kids at this age are coping with physical changes as well as being exposed to social media & digital content. Moving schools often means taking public transport independently for the first time, & perhaps getting a smart phone for the first time. We aim to help parents examine the pressures children are facing as they mature physically as well as exposure to online content. How can parents speak to their children about sensitive subjects including puberty, sexual curiosity & online behaviour? We share useful resources & practical guidelines to help teachers & parents initiate well informed, age-appropriate conversations.
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