Prevention education programs available at no cost in local schools
The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling & Education offers a series of prevention education classes for the 2014-15 school year.
The center's programs are designed to promote emotional health, as well as physical safety, according to a publicity release. They are suitable for children in kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as college students. The courses are free for public and private schools in lower Fairfield County, including those in New Canaan and Darien.
During the last year, the center said it provided sexual-abuse prevention programs to more than 20,000 children and adults in the region.
The center's educators are trained crisis counselors.
"Young people have a lot to say, but might be reluctant to talk about sensitive topics in front of their peers," Ivonne Zucco, the center's executive director, said in a news release. "Clickers allow students to answer questions anonymously and empower the center's educators to use this information to shape a live presentation. So far, our students have loved this addition to our teaching methodology."
The prevention education programs cover such topics as: Feeling Safe (including the difference between OK and not-OK touching), Basic Internet and Social Media Safety, Sexual Harassment, Bystander Intervention, and Know Before You Go: Your Rights Regarding Sexual Assault on Campus.
Schools, parents and professionals who would like to learn more about the free programs should contact the center at 203-348-9346 or firstname.lastname@example.org.