Sexual Assault Prevention

Millions of people worldwide experience sexual violence; it is a reality for women in particular.  While the research shows that the majority of sexual violence survivors are female, and the perpetrators male, it does not mean that males do not also experience sexual violence.  In fact, sexual violence against men and boys is widespread.

 

Sexual violence is greatly under-reported which explains why accurate numbers of the prevalence are not available. This void in accurate numbers makes addressing sexual violence more complex, and harder; there are no concrete statistics to point to - even studies differ among each other.

 

True and accurate global statistics of sexual violence prevalence is limited, however, population-based studies of abuse and its prevalence do show that up to 46% of women report that they have experienced sexual violence by a partner or ex-partner.  Sexual violence survivors most often know their attackers. 

Sexual Violence

Many times, the way that sexual violence is experienced is compared to the way that domestic violence is experienced; the two are often thought of as the same type of experience, when, in fact, they are two different experiences. The survivor of sexual violence will need  different services than that of the survivor of domestic violence, and the tailoring of a response is integral to the survivors' healing.

 

Sexual violence is rooted in oppression, and in this way, it shares roots with partner violence, and stalking. Oppression shapes what type of violence is experienced by a survivor, and many times, the oppression is manifested in different ways such as sexism, rape culture, homophobia, etc.  At IA we know that all survivors benefit when the differences are acknowledged and addressed.  We use this understanding to  create IPB training that focus on survivors of each experience in a holistic and individual manner to ensure that they know they are seen, heard, and supported. 

How Interactive Performance Base (IPB) Training is Done

  • Introduce audiences to realistic behaviors associated with prevention and sexual assault

  • Trigger self-assessments amongst audiences

  • Evoke emotion

  • Provide prevention, support and healing techniques

  • Bring awareness to behaviors that contribute to a sexually abusive culture

  • Change the cultural perceptions surrounding victims of sexual assault with an understanding of the impact intervention plays eliminating such events

  • Identify barriers of reporting

  • Audience members have practiced the selection and execution of bystander intervention techniques

  • Provided a safe encouraging environment, the audience member can now imagine change and has practiced that change 

  

At Interactive Advocacy (IA) we use interactive performance based (IPB) theater, both scripted and impromptu sessions, in an effort to engage our audience and foster dialogue; to implement solutions that create a culture of care.

"Cultural change is a collective effort that requires progressive movement, and not just mandate"
 - Tanya O. Jones
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