SEXUAL ASSAULT RESISTANCE TRAINING FOR UNIVERSITY WOMEN
The social script we too often hear says:
- Women should live in constant fear of sexual violence.
- Women must sacrifice their freedom to dress how they want, go where they want, and socialize how they want to avoid sexual assault.
- If a woman is sexually assaulted, she is at least partially to blame.
- It is a man’s responsibility to initiate the sexual activity that he wants. A woman’s responsibility is to say no if she isn’t interested.
Do you think this social script is wrong? We sure do. Let’s
FLIP THE SCRIPT AT CUE
Flip the Script is a 12 hour sexual assault resistance training for university women. This class follows the Canadian-based curriculum Enhanced Assess Acknowledge Act (EAAA). EAAA is the first and only evidence based curriculum proven to reduce a woman’s personal risk of sexual assault. In a randomized control trial, women who completed the EAAA training were 46% less likely to experience a completed sexual assault and 63% less likely to experience an attempted sexual assault. Concordia University of Edmonton is proud to be the first Canadian University to implement this program.
For information on the curriculum and its research, visit sarecentre.org
Flip the Script emphasizes that it is NEVER the victim’s fault if they are sexually assaulted. The only person who is ever responsible is the person who chooses to commit a sexual assault. However, just as there are things a person can do to boost their immune system to reduce their chances of getting sick, Flip the Script strengthens a skill set that can reduce a woman’s personal risk of sexual assault.
Flip the Script is further based on the assumption that a university woman is most likely to be sexually assaulted by a person that she knows and trusts. The skills imparted by Flip the Script allow women to fully participate in a university social experience, complete with friendships and dating, while simultaneously maximizing her safety.
ASSESS EARLY RISK CUES OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE
Assess helps women to recognize that they are most at risk of sexual assault from a person they know in familiar social situations. Assess helps women to identify behaviour and situational cues that signal higher risk for sexual violence. Women explore a variety of ways to undermine these risks in ways which do not limit their freedom or their ability to have a fulfilling university experience.
ACKNOWLEDGE YOU ARE NOT TO BLAME
Because the perpetrator of sexual assault is often an intimate partner, friend, or acquaintance, women often face emotional barriers to resistance. The Acknowledge portion of Flip the Script guides women through the process of recognizing and overcoming these barriers to defending their rights in ways that are compatible with their emotional and social goals.
ACT TO DEFEND YOUR RIGHT TO PERSONAL SAFETY
In Act, women are equipped with a variety of evidence-based verbal and physical resistance strategies shown to be effective in resisting sexual assault. By interacting with diverse acquaintance-based scenarios, women have the opportunity to choose which resistance tools feel most comfortable to them and are most effective for each context.
ENHANCE YOUR RELATIONSHIPS AND SEXUALITY
This unit focuses on enhancing women’s knowledge of their personal values and desires and empowers women to express their wants with a romantic and/or sexual partner. When women are familiar with their sexual preferences, they are faster able to recognize coercive behaviour that violates their choice.