EDUCATORS

Create violence-free learning environments, and respond to sexual abuse, no matter its form, with support, sensitivity and commitment to safety.

Sexual abuse can affect students, teachers and schools in a number of ways. Educators have a responsibility and an opportunity to create safe learning environments, especially since students spend much of their daily lives in educational centres. Learning how to create conversations about sexual assault and giving students space to ask questions should be a goal for all learning institutions.

Ready to tackle the problem of sexual assault and harassment on campus or in schools?

Give
  • Donate to Aim for Zero to support projects that train social workers and counsellors to be sensitive first-responders for clients who have experienced sexual abuse.
  • Share our campaign video with your colleagues and student body, and encourage them to commit to end sexual violence in schools and on campus
  • Spread word of our services and programmes. Our Sexual Assault Care Centre (SACC) offers free and specialised services for survivors of sexual harassment and assault, as well as conduct trainings for social sector professionals. Catalyse Consulting runs training programmes for professionals, managers and employers on how to manage harassment in the workplace.
  • Interested to learn how to navigate gender sensitively in the classroom? Send them our Teacher’s Guide to Gender Sensitivity in the Classroom.
  • Want to be a spokesperson for our next panel or talk? We’re looking for educators and teachers to inspire others to create safe learning environments and provide non-judgmental support to students who have disclosed harassment or sexual violence. Write to aimforzero@aware.org.sg
  • Think outside the box! Reach out to us with ideas on how you want to support #AimForZero by writing to aimforzero@aware.org.sg.  

Learn

Sexual Assault First Responder Training

3 hours (Online) | Recommended group size: 50 pax 

Based on experiences of clients of our Sexual Assault Care Centre, survivors often lack the support crucial for their recovery when they speak to family, friends, colleagues and official bodies about their experience. This can result in survivors internalising their feelings of shame and guilt, though the assault is never their fault. Often, loved ones grapple with how they can help and what they should say—after all, their actions and words can have a huge impact on a survivor.

Through SACC’s interactive training sessions, participants will be able to understand the complexities of sexual violence, dispel myths, learn about Singapore’s legal framework and remedies for sexual crimes, and act as an effective first responder to create a culture of support for sexual assault survivors.

The goal of this training is to create support systems for survivors of sexual assault, and to equip participants with the necessary skills to be effective first responders to survivors.

SAFRT covers:

  • Defining sexual assault (including harassment)
  • Understanding consent
  • The role of a first responder
  • Understanding the impact of trauma on survivors
  • Providing support to survivors of sexual assault
  • Resources available for help

To book this workshop, contact us at engage@aware.org.sg.

Act
  • Effect a zero-tolerance harassment policy, and communicate it with the entire school community. Define “harassment” clearly and encourage students and teachers to report it.  Any form of verbal or physical harassment from teachers, students, or staff should not be allowed. Gender discrimination should also not be tolerated. Thoughtful action plans to address harassment and discrimination when they occur should be put in place. Be sure to address issues of confidentiality as well. A survivor’s safety should never be compromised.
  • Build opportunities for schools to address the topic of consent and the issue of sexual assault. This can be in the form of awareness campaigns, such as instituting a sexual assault awareness month or having ongoing conversations about consent, treating people with respect, and maintaining healthy relationships. Schools should also consider instituting comprehensive sex education classes or seminars for students. Age-appropriate content can be developed for students from primary school all the way to university.
  • Provide safety and anonymity for students to talk to an adult or someone they trust about experiences they may be facing at school or at home. School counsellors and teachers can communicate an open door policy with students. Create a system that allows students to report incidents anonymously. Schools can also consider training interested students to become peer counsellors, so that they are better equipped to help fellow students in need.
  • Consider creating surveys and using behaviour logs to identify and monitor issues. Surveys can be disseminated on a regular basis (i.e. quarterly) to gain a better understanding of the school’s climate of safety. Logs can be very helpful in identifying and addressing individual students’ problematic behaviour, especially if it is recurring or intensifying.
  • Participate in staff training. If there is someone qualified to lead a training session at your school, see if he/she would be willing to equip others on how to confront sexual assault. If not, consider bringing in outside expertise. SACC provides first responder training to help people understand more about the impacts of sexual assault and how to support survivors.
  • Get parents and guardians involved. Find ways to invite parents to participate in the process and support them in building healthy environments at home. This can be through the school’s newsletter or arranging a parent night to address these topics.
  • Bring our Catalyse Consulting workshop to your institution. We have expertise in offering customised training to educators on managing harassment or sexual violence in school, on campus, during school internships and while on overseas exchange.