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A group plan to educate young people about date rape

A group plan to educate young people about date rape.

OVERVIEW

Teenage girls need to be aware of date rape and the drugs that are used to make them unaware that they are being raped and/or have been raped. This discussion will suggest ways to prevent being victimized and offer ideas for how to help others.

LEADER PREPARATION

  • Invite girls ages 13-19.
  • Locate a comfortable, secure room or use this discussion during girls-only retreat.
  • Gather information on the predominant date rape drugs, Roofies and Special K.
  • Develop a survey to find out how much girls know about rape.
  • If possible, schedule a rape counselor and/or peer counselor and prepare a resource list.
  • Make plans for evaluation and follow-up.

GROUP BUILDING

 

  • Thank the girls and guest speakers.
  • Ask the girls to complete an evaluation of the discussion.
  • The leader or speaker should be available if someone needs to talk after the discussion or in private.

 

 

GROUP PRESENTATION

  • Go over the survey and perhaps a “fact and myth” sheet (local resources will likely have fact and information sheets).
  • Give information on date rape drugs.

GROUP DISCUSSION

Through group conversation, address the following points:


  • Set boundaries before you start dating. Know your limits, how far you will go.
  • Let your parents or someone know where you are going, your plans, and when you expect to be home.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all time. Don’t go into a secluded area.
  • What is the appropriate behavior of your date—watch out for jealousy, possessiveness, violence, abusive talk and actions.
  • Talk to your date.
  • Say “no” when you mean “no.”
  • Be assertive.
  • Respond to aggression.
  • Be aware of the date rape drugs, Roofies and Special K (and any others that are available).
  • Don’t drink anything that you haven’t opened yourself and kept a eye on.
  • Rape is a violation, and no one has the right to assault you; it is not your fault.
  • If you are raped, let someone know. Get medical attention as soon as possible, talk to a rape counselor, youth pastor, or parent…whoever will give you sound advice.
  • Know your limits and the resources available to you.

WRAP-UP

  • Thank the girls and guest speakers.
  • Ask the girls to complete an evaluation of the discussion.
  • The leader or speaker should be available if someone needs to talk after the discussion or in private.

EVALUATION AND FOLLOW-UP

The following are good questions to ask as an evaluation of the discussion.

  • Did the group meet the intended goals?
  • Did we provide a safe place to talk about feelings and situations?
  • Was the information relevant and timely?
  • Consider the following one-on-one contacts with the girls in the group, following the event:
  • Contact each young lady and ask each of them about the discussion. Find out if there are any issues that they need to discuss.
  • For the girls who have been raped, were there any plans for follow-up?
  • Arrange to spend some time with any girls who have been violated, were disturbed by the discussion, or just want to talk and ask questions privately.
  • Consider a follow-up discussion.

Kathryn S. Smith cCYS