Feminist Activism in Girls and Young Women:Students Teaching, Students Learning
Session: Fri., June 29, 2007, 4:30-5:45 p.m.
RAPE PREVENTION EDUCATION: ONE SIZE DOES not FIT ALLWhere Women, Media, Rape and Feminism Collide(about 15 minutes – 3 pages each)
Short intro. We are: Chris and CierraEssentially, based on the premise that concept retention rates increase by exposingstudents to a concept repetitively in different ways (James, 1967), in 2006 Sexual AssaultResponse Team Advocate Chris Martin and I developed and implemented a feminist rapeintervention curriculum to be articulated through the lens of feminist activism. I amgoing to tell you about the broad social context for our program and Chris will focus onspecifics.
Rape prevention education in the United States is not a priority subject in thedevelopment and implementation of high school curricula, despite national studies whichindicate that more than two million adolescents have been victimized by sexual violence(statistics from Sauders et al, 2003). Rather than focusing on human relationships,adolescent sexuality
, and the prevention of violence in high schools, the federalgovernment in 2006 gave more than $176 million toward the promotion of abstinenceeducation in high school curricula (U.S. House of Representatives, 2004). Many highschools avoid “sex education” altogether—what I mean by this is basic biologicaldiscussions about the sexual reproductive process—instead, abstinence only programsteach children to “avoid sexual activities” altogether (U.S. House of Representatives,2004). Children are taught to make the choice to remain abstinent until marriage, and theheteronormative nuclear family is “preserved” under this rubric.
Teen sexuality refers to sexual activities including intercourse and other intimate relationsbetween partners.