‘Consent can be changed. You have the right to tell someone to stop’.
Year 8 pupil
‘Trust is very important to a relationship’.
Year 10 pupil
‘No means no. Every time. This workshop was helpful and I learned a lot’.
Year 7 pupil
To bring about real change and a reduction of sexual violence, children and young people need to be educated at an early age about healthy relationships.
Since September 2022 CRASAC has been working with primary and secondary schools across Coventry delivering workshops to their pupils. The workshops have been tailored to meet the needs of each age group and have supported schools in raising awareness of sexual violence and rape culture, consent, myths and stereotypes, online exploitation and where to get help.
Foxford Secondary were one of the schools who were keen to ensure that every single pupil from Year 7 to upto Year 11 were able to access this information, and CRASAC devised a programme of 22 workshops to support their existing learning. Over a period of five months, pupils in years 7 and 8 discovered more about consent and healthy sexual experiences, while for young people in years 9, 10 and 11 the focus was on healthy relationships.
The programme was very successful with over 90% of learners feeling more confident about consent and what it means; and 80% recognising the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships.
“I did really like it. I think it’s important to focus on the mental toll of abuse and why it’s not so easy to just leave and is even common to leave and come back.”
“I think it is a good idea that CRASAC and many other organisations help people in these situations, and I think it was good that they come into schools and tell them about CRASAC.”
“Thank you for all the work you have done already. I really do believe it will make a difference.”
“An important session for all our pupils. Engaging discussion topics and activities. Very necessary and very well delivered.”