Training: Sex, Safety & Respect: understanding consent

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Training: Sex, Safety & Respect: understanding consent

This workshop:

  • Aims to reduce unwanted and pressured sex, but not at the expense of the positive experiences sex can provide
  • Introduces students to the Sex & Ethics Framework for sexual decision making
  • Covers ethical use of social media and technology

Sex, Safety & Respect: understanding consent to prevent sexual violence in universities reflects the latest refinements of the Sex & Ethics program and sexual violence prevention education specifically targeting university contexts.

This program is unique in drawing together international research and best practice on gender violence prevention and sexuality education.

It offers a method of making relationships and sexual intimacy ‘work better’, acknowledging both pleasure and danger. It aims to reduce unwanted and pressured sex, but not at the expense of the positive experiences sex can provide.

The program offers young people the opportunity to practice or develop knowledge and skills to realise this potential more fully. It also offers an opportunity to explore both pleasure and potential danger from an ethical stance.

The key objective of the program is to contribute to new cultural norms of non-violence and ethical relating for women and men.

This three-hour workshop is designed for student leaders within housing and other key positions to influence the behaviour of their peers and campus culture. The workshop introduces students to:

  • Key concepts concerning sexual violence and primary prevention in the Australian context;
  • The Sex & Ethics framework for ethical consent developed by academic Moira Carmody;
  • The legal context of sexual assault, sexual harassment and the use of digital media;
  • Ethical negotiation and communication of consent;
  • Ethical use of digital media;
  • Skills in being an ethical bystander.
Duration Appropriate for Maximum participants
3 hours Student leaders in key positions to influence behaviour and campus culture 20

Our training approach

At Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia, we recognise that adults bring a wealth of knowledge and individual experiences to the learning environment. Every workshop utilises adult learning principles, as per the Principles for Best Practice for 21st Century Education (Nichols, 2002).

Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia trainers are social workers, psychologists, and educators. They are experienced trainers in causes, consequences and primary prevention of sexual, domestic and family violence causes.

All facilitators are trained to safely and compassionately respond to disclosures and refer onward to state based services.

All training programs are audited regularly to ensure the information provided is evidence-based and current.

Programs can be tailored based on the needs of each organisation and can be delivered to clinical and non-clinical audiences.