Prevention Training

Thank you for your interest in YWCA Sexual Assault Crisis Service’s training options!  Below, you will find a variety of trainings that may benefit your program, school, or agency.  You will be bringing additional awareness to the important, but often unspoken issue of sexual violence.  Let us help you empower your staff, students, and/or faculty and shine a light on an issue that impacts 1 in 5 Connecticut residents (CT Alliance to End Sexual Violence). 

All trainings are tailored to your specific needs, making both length and content negotiable. Fees are negotiable on a sliding scale, when appropriate.  In addition to the trainings listed below, here is some more information about prevention and awareness training and training for K-12 students. For more information or to schedule a training, please contact Joanna Flanagan at 860-225-4681 x203 or

Sexual Violence 101 and Consent

There is a great deal of misinformation regarding what sexual violence is, what consent looks like, and how to talk about sexual assault. In this workshop, we will explore the continuum of sexual violence and define important terms. We will discuss common myths associated with sexual violence, while exploring surprising statistics. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions and think critically about their understanding of sexual violence.

Sexual Violence in Today’s Culture

“Rape culture” is a topic that has become more mainstream, but it can be confusing to think about what it is and how it appears in our everyday lives. This workshop will explore the continuum of sexual violence and the culture we live in, focusing on cultural myths about sexual violence and how they impact survivors. Drawing examples from current events, pop culture, and historical understandings of sexual violence, participants will be challenged to recognize realities of sexual violence and empowered to create change in their community.

Sexual Violence and Pop Culture

We take a look at how various forms of violence are portrayed in pop culture through advertising, television, movies, music, and social media. We help participants understand the impact the media has on the way we view sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and stalking and provide tools for students to think critically about the media they consume. Leaving time for discussion throughout, this engaging workshop provides a starting point for palatable conversations on these difficult topics.

Understanding Sexual Violence Policies on Your Campus

With the abundance of new policies designated for college campuses, it’s understandable that many administrators are confused of their campus’ responsibilities. This workshop will focus on current state and federal policies pertaining to sexual violence on campuses. We will discuss both on and off-campus resources and responsibilities, how you can partner with Sexual Assault Crisis Service, and specific policies, such as Title IX and the Clery Act, amongst others. This workshop is great for Title IX Coordinators and Sexual Assault Resource Teams (SART). 

Going to College for the First Time? Know Your Rights

Many students find themselves unprepared for the transition from high school to college. We will have an open and honest discussion about consent, sexual violence, alcohol-facilitated sexual assault, and bystander intervention. We will also discuss laws related to sexual violence on college campuses and resources available to students. This program is recommended for high school seniors and/or first year college students.

Responding to Disclosures

The first person to respond when a survivor discloses that they have experienced sexual violence often sets the tone for that person’s healing experience. This workshop looks at the “do’s” and “don’ts” in responding and helps attendees understand the impacts negative responses can have on survivors. We will also discuss the options available to survivors of sexual assault. Participants will practice positive responses and understand the importance of responding in a trauma-informed, victim-centered manner.

Talking to Children About Sexual Assault

Conversations about consent and healthy relationships can (and should!) start at a young age, but it can be daunting to think about talking to young children about serious topics such as sexual violence. This workshop will explore ways parents, caregivers, and professionals who work with children can encourage children to develop a healthy understanding of empathy, boundaries, and consent.

The Role of a Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor/Advocate and Working with Your Agency

How can the Counselors at Sexual Assault Crisis Service assist you at your agency? We will discuss the many ways we can work together to help survivors at your agency who have been impacted by sexual violence. We will also discuss how we can work with your staff to understand sexual violence and how it impacts your clients.

Preventing Sexual Harassment

While sexual harassment training is often required at many agencies, it does not have to be boring! In this interactive workshop, we will discuss state and federal sexual harassment law, the different forms of sexual harassment, and steps to take as a coworker or supervisor if someone is being sexually harassed. Examples will be given to further illustrate what sexual harassment looks like. Participants will also learn how to respond if someone tells them they have been sexually harassed.

Where Do YOU Stand? A Program on Bystander Intervention

This workshop takes a look at what we can do to prevent sexual violence.  We explore how we have traditionally viewed masculinity and gender roles, and how these impact the pervasive nature of sexual violence today.  Furthermore, this campaign, created by Men Can Stop Rape, empowers men* to use their voice, influence, and actions to become part of the solution.  Participants are educated on the “bystander effect” and the importance of active bystanders in a variety of scenarios.  Bystander intervention techniques, involving a wide range of interventions, from being direct to creating a distraction, are discussed and practiced to help provide men* with a variety of useful tools to stop a range of negative behaviors and to create spaces where everyone is safe and respected.

* While this program is focused on men, it can be, and often is, tailored for all genders.

K-12 Programs and Professional Development

In addition to the above programs, Sexual Assault Crisis Service offers comprehensive and age-appropriate programming for students in grades K-12 and school professionals. These programs fulfill the guidelines set by Public Act No. 14-196, An Act Concerning a State-wide Sexual Abuse and Assault Awareness Program and are designed to empower students to recognize safe and unsafe touches, practice healthy communication surrounding their feelings, and identify trusted adults within their community. Please contact us for more information about implementing these programs in your school.

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