While no prevention is 100% effective, educating yourself about rape and sexual assault is paramount to reducing your risk of becoming a victim or victimizing someone.

Teen dating violence is a serious issue in Utah. Many of our teens are experiencing abuse and violence in their dating relationship. At the Rape Recovery Center, we recognize the difficulties that arise when addressing the sensitive subject matter of rape, sexual violence and sexual harassment.The average age that a girl experiences her first rape is 14.4 years old. Among female rape victims, 1 in 3 will be raped and 90% experienced their first sexual assault before their 18th birthday. Teens who have been raped are more likely to tell a peer (71%) than a parent (12%).

The Rape Recovery Center offers several educational modules for the junior high, high school levels and community groups.

Junior High – “Boundaries, Limits & Communication” – a fun and innovative session that will get students talking about what is appropriate and inappropriate in a relationship with another person, how to validate, understand and express feelings in a healthy way.

High School – “Sexual Violence Primary Prevention, Men becoming allies with women to end sexual violence” – Our new Sexual Violence Primary Prevention Program is a two session presentation aimed at preventing dating violence among youth by reducing sexist attitudes and improving conflict resolution skills. The program is based on an extensive review of research in dating violence (primary prevention). A primary goal of the program is to develop non-violent conflict-resolution skills (via cognitive-behavioral techniques) to address real-life problematic dating situations.

Community Groups – “Rape 101, Myths & Stereotypes” – Rape 101 is a general overview of current prevalence rates, type of assault and “at risk” population. It is an interactive discussion that raises questions about general beliefs and how they contribute to sexual violence.

The Rape Recovery Center is committed to finding ways to reduce the risk of sexual violence. Clear and correct information about enforcing personal boundaries and symptoms of unsafe relationships will help to reduce the risk of assault and help students know where to seek assistance and support if sexual violence has already occurred.

We are excited about the opportunity to work with youth in the community. We can also tailor a presentation to meet the needs of your individual group or topic.

If you would like to schedule a presentation, please contact Stephany Murguia, our Outreach and Access Coordinator, at 467-7282, ext 222.