Sexual Violence Training

Sexual violence can happen to anyone, women, men, children and young people. The term sexual violence is an umbrella term for a range of sexual offences against an individual, each with a devastating impact for the victim, their families and their community. 

We know over 90% of victims of sexual violence know their perpetrator, yet there are still many myths around sexual violence that go against this and in turn encourage victim blaming attitudes and responses. 

Sexual violence can be a difficult subject to discuss but becoming more aware of the different forms of behaviour that this encompasses as well as looking at informed consent can help us understand the impact sexual violence can have on an individual and how to respond sensitively to disclosures. 

Sexual Violence Awareness

This course is aimed for those that have little understanding or experience in sexual violence. This course in an introduction to the subject and it aims to help raise awareness and increase recognition of sexual violence and its impact.

Course Objectives

  • Prevalence of sexual violence

  • Defining sexual violence and the different behaviours it entails

  • Legislation and safeguarding

  • Identifying attitudes and values

  • Identifying indicators of sexual violence

  • Exploring the impact of sexual violence

Improving Responses to Sexual Violence

We know that rates of disclosures of sexual violence are extremely low, there is still a lot of societal myths that contribute towards victim blaming or that sexual violence is seen as normal. This training course will allow delegates to reflect on these myths and society's responses to understand these barriers and in turn know how to challenge them and responses effectively to disclosures of sexual violence.

Course Objectives

  • ​To explore the impact of sexual violence on those who experience it and the effect on behaviours and choices including children and male victims.

  • Understanding and responding to the additional needs of vulnerable groups

  • Reflection on own values and beliefs in relation to professional and societal responses to sexual violence

  • Explore links between grooming and domestic abuse and sexual violence (including grooming of workers and disguised compliance)

  • Safety planning and other safeguarding tools for workers

  • Importance of assessment when working with victims 

  • Sensitively enquiring about consent and/or experiences of rape or sexual assault

  • How survivors may present in the immediate aftermath of a rape or sexual assault

  • The role of the first responder

  • The importance of the first response

We also facilitate educational workshops for Young People

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The Impact of Sexual Violence

The impact of rape and sexual assault is varied and complex. Individuals react in different ways at different times and in the same way that no two people are the same, each person who has experienced sexual violence will react in a different way. Learning about the impact of rape and sexual assault will help anyone working with or supporting a survivor to gain a better understanding about what they may be experiencing.
 
This course helps to challenge myths surrounding expected reactions to rape and sexual assault, and to understand the processes at play that may bring about different responses and reactions, in the moment and afterwards. We will go on to consider some practical ways in which we may respond, support that is available locally and nationally, and move on to reflect on the impact on us supporting someone who has been through these experiences.

Course Objectives

  • Define sexual violence and abuse

  • Exploring myths about rape and sexual violence and/or abuse

  • Describe trauma and its impact

  • Describe the impact of sexual violence and abuse on the health and wellbeing of the survivor 

  • Identify and implement support measures for survivors

  • Explain what services and support are available in the city

  • Identify own needs as a supporter