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RASA provides bespoke courses and workshops for : ● Primary ● ● Secondary ● ● Sixth Form students ● RASA also provides courses for : ● Parents/Carers ● ● Professionals ●


RASA works with women and girls, men and boys who have experienced rape or sexual violence at any time in their lives. FACTS Sexual Bullying and harassment are routine in UK schools. Almost 1 in 3 16-18 year old girls has experienced ‘groping’ or other unwanted sexual touching at school. 1 in 3 teenage girls has experienced sexual violence from their boyfriend. Also: ● 1 in 6 children (before the age of 16) ● 1 in 3 woman ● 1 in 10 males are victims of rape or sexual abuse in their lifetime, and up to 85% tell no-one. RASA strives to raise awareness and understanding of sexual violence. For more information or to book a course/workshop please contact our Sefton Centre Tel: 0151 922 9385 or rasa@rasamerseyside.org

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Courses for young people RASA aims to empower young people giving them the skills and knowledge to interact safely in today’s society. Using games, drama and thought provoking scenarios we offer the following workshops tailored specifically for different age groups:

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Positive Relationships This workshop is divided into three sections that can be completed as a whole package or individually. Healthy Relationships This workshop will explore the effect of positive and negative comments, how we feel inside when surrounded by negativity, how what we say to each other and how we say it does matter, how to be a good friend and how to be positive instead of negative. Sexual/Physical Abuse Using games, DVD clips and drama we aim to explore the issues regarding why young people find it hard to say ‘no’, how to build healthy relationships which in turn will lead to positive sexual relationships when ready and how to increase self-confidence and self-esteem. Self-Confidence and Self-esteem We don’t have to look far in today’s society to understand that media plays a large part in how young people feel about themselves. Young people who are bullied either at school or at home can suffer from low self-esteem and are therefore more likely to enter into abusive relationships.

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We hope to encourage young people, so they feel able to make their own choices and not feel pressured by others, to understand what effect negative relationships can have on their health and wellbeing and to realise that peer pressure can damage self-esteem.

We feel these three workshops work hand in hand with each other. If we have positive relationships and are good to one another we are less likely to feel under pressure, suffer abuse and have lack of self-esteem. Instead we can be good friends, be positive and accepting of each other and ensure that we all grow with more confidence and healthy self-esteem thereby having a more fulfilling life! Sounds easy? It isn’t - but our POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS workshop is a first exciting step in reaching out to young people to try to make ‘everyday life’ more bearable and to give a real understanding of what is and what isn’t acceptable in all relationships.

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For children of primary school age, workshops may include puppets, movement/dance and working together to create a short piece that could be performed in Assembly etc. For 6th form or other secondary school groups, workshops can be organised by RASA staff working with the school drama groups (A level Drama groups), to present material to the rest of the year group if the school consider this to be a constructive and relevant way to work.

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Bullying This workshop uses games and drama to break down barriers and look closely at the causes and the effects of bullying. Being called names or teased, kicked or slapped, threatened or intimidated, ignored or humiliated, having rumours spread about you, having possessions taken from you can all have a detrimental effect to health and wellbeing. Children who suffer any of these on a regular basis will be unable to function fully, be happy and give of their best, instead they will feel anxious, depressed, worthless, scared and lonely. We will also look at why people bully - what might be going on in their lives that they feel is beyond their control? Together we can combat bullying in your environment for good!

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Cyberbullying This workshop focuses on young people and their use of technology to abuse others. Young people are completely at ease with technology. The majority have access to their own computer and mobile phone and view them as a ‘life line.’ If that ‘life line’ is used to abuse and hurt another person, it can have catastrophic results. Cyberbullying is when a young person is threatened, harassed, tormented, humiliated and embarrassed by another young person via the internet, mobile phones or interactive and digital technologies. Through creative drama we will explore the effects of cyberbullying, addressing the various issues connected to this problem, e.g. motives and the nature of cyberbullying can differ dramatically and therefore a thorough understanding of ‘why’ this abuse has taken place in the first instance is imperative.

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Child Sexual Exploitation / Grooming This workshop highlights the power people have over young people in what may appear to be ‘consensual’ relationships. Child sexual exploitation is illegal and relationships that are formed in exchange for sex, gifts, cigarettes, food or for attention are an abuse of power and a serious crime. Together we will explore the nature of this exploitation, why young people may turn to perpetrators who are offering payment in all its forms and how to move forward knowing who to go to for help if caught in this position. Children as young as 8 have now been identified as victims of sexual exploitation. Groomers are sophisticated, hiding behind the internet and children’s games. This workshop will encourage children of all ages to become ‘savvy’ and more aware so they are able to recognise the signs and therefore keep themselves ‘safe’.

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Sexting Young people regularly share pictures, photos and videos online. Modern technology has made it really easy to be able to do this and posting images etc. to social networking sites has become second nature. This workshop explores the dangers of taking inappropriate pictures or film clips and then sending them to others, whether the young person is under pressure to do so or because they have chosen to do so. Once images have been forwarded the initial ‘sender’ has no control over that image. They are lost forever and can easily be posted online by others there to be seen by hundreds of thousands of people, including future employers and mums and dads! We will look at the pressures young people face, how they find it hard to stand up and say ‘no’ to someone who is pressurising them for a naked image and the consequences of not having the confidence to say ‘on yer bike’! Young people are very vulnerable and sexting can lead to bullying and unwanted harassment from people they know or people they don’t know. It is important to tackle this subject sensitively and to ensure that young people are aware of the risks involved and are able to make informed choices.

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Modern Slavery / Human Trafficking More than 5000 children are being forced to work as sex slaves in the UK. 300,000 people are trafficked within the EU every year. This workshop highlights the vulnerability of young people and how they can be exploited through coercion, deception, use of force, or threats. We will touch on modern slavery in all its forms, sexual, labour, domestic servitude and will look deeper into how young people today are enticed or used for some or all of these. Young girls who are forced to have sex and whose families are threatened if they do not obey are victims of modern slavery. They are taken from location to location, effectively being trafficked from area to area. Just because these young victims return home at the end of the evening does not mean that they are not victims of human trafficking. We will sensitively explore this subject, promote safety and look at the ‘Indicators’ of trafficking so people are able to recognise dangers when they arise.

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Parents Protect Course (Stop It Now)* The Parents Protect! workshop helps to raise public awareness about child sexual abuse. Stories in the media coupled with misunderstandings about child sexual abuse often makes us feel that it is inevitable. While the media portrays sexual abusers as monsters, strangers who we do not know, the reality is that children are most likely to be abused by people we and they know – family members, friends of the family or people they know in their community. Youngsters are immediately safer when adults: ● Understand the potential risks ● Recognise signs of possible abuse in children ● Are aware of inappropriate behaviour in adults ● Know preventative measures to take ● Know where to go for help with any concerns

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Some comments from parents and carers who have attended the workshop:

● The presentation has built up my confidence about how to keep my children safe from sexual abuse ● Very useful training, I’m pleased I had the chance to learn how to protect my children ● Very informative and well presented - made me think more about what signs to look out for

● Thank you for raising awareness of this difficult issue and providing this workshop. I only wish all parents had access to this course

* Free to carers and parents - donation requested from professionals.

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Bespoke Workshops for Professional groups RASA will design a course to meet the needs of the professional group. The workshop material we would typically be asked to deliver will often include: ● A  wareness raising around issues relating to sexual violence ● A  ttitudes, Myths and truths, ● W  hat is sexual violence? ● E  ffects and impact of sexual violence ● T  he question of Consent ● L  egal definitions ● W  arning signs ● H  ealthy relationships ● D  ealing with disclosures of sexual abuse/violence The workshop will be led by facilitators who will invite delegates to challenge their long-standing beliefs and perceptions. Open discussion and debate is encouraged and any of the areas can be further explored and developed as needed.

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Charges for courses Courses/workshops are structured in a way to support people, organisations and agencies in dealing with any issue with regards to sexual violence, to give people confidence in how to deal appropriately with disclosures and to engage effectively with survivors so they feel able to ‘tell their story’ and ask for help. We also advise how to be informed with regards to confidentiality, how to prioritise safety, know your boundaries in what you are able to offer as intervention and to allow time in order to be able to listen. As schools and youth groups are so diverse and have different demands, our courses can be tailored in accordance with cost and need. As a charity, it is essential for the organisation to cover costs and resources. Costs must be agreed and contracted prior to bespoke courses being created and delivered.

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RASA contact details Birkenhead 0151 650 0155

Liverpool 0151 707 4313

Sefton

0151 922 9385

West Wirral 0151 633 2151

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RASA is A Registered Charity Number 1094462 and a Company Limited by Guarantee number 4538556


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