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Peer Educators for the Elimination of Relationship and Sexual Violence (PEERS) is comprised of passionate student leaders at AU who are recruited, trained, and supervised by AU's Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator. The mission of PEERS is to increase awareness of sexual assault, dating abuse, and stalking; as well as reduce the incidence of sexual violence in the AU community through outreach and education. PEERS provide workshops and facilitate discussions on dating abuse, stalking, and sexual violence to any university-affiliated group.

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Become a part of the solution. Join the Peer Educators for the Elimination of Relationship and Sexual Violence (PEERS) today! Fill out this application to apply. 

Request a PEERS Workshop

To request a PEERS workshop for your campus group, please fill out a request form. Read on below for more detailed information about the range of workshops offered by our PEERS team.

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Sexual Violence Workshops Offered through PEERS

The following educational programs will be available starting Spring semester in 2011. Each program will last approximately one hour and will be available to any groups on or off-campus that hold university affiliation. To request a workshop or to request more information, please email Daniel Rappaport, the Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator at rappapor@american.edu with the desired program, audience, and date/time.

 

Dating Abuse 

  1. Defines abusive relationships through scenarios that engage the audience to determine the difference between a healthy and abusive relationship.
  2. Discusses prevalence of the crime (statistics).
  3. Reviews evolution of abusive relationships and the many signs, including but not limited to: isolation, family pressure, social pressure, etc. (uses “Power and Control” and “Equality” wheels).
  4. Counters common victim blaming and explains “Why they stay.”
  5. Provides a thorough “How to Identify and How to Help” document. 

 

Stalking 

  1. Provides definitions of stalking and discusses the prevalence of the crime.
  2. Reviews the psychology behind stalking behaviors.
  3. Illustrates progression of stalking behaviors (including cyber-stalking)
  4. Uses a true stalking story to portray the impact of stalking on victims.
  5. Outlines strategies for action if someone you know is being stalked. 

 

Sexual Violence 

  1. Reviews definitions of rape and consent.
  2. Provides examples and guidelines for consent.
  3. Engages audience through a “What does consent look like” program.
  4. Presents prevalence and statistical information throughout workshop.
  5. Counters victim blaming through a comparison scenario and then discusses psychology of victim blaming.
  6. Discusses common reactions of survivors to sexual violence and the reality of “secondary trauma” for those helping a survivor.
  7. Provides thorough “What to do if…” document for survivors, those helping survivors, and challenging a friend who may have been a perpetrator.

 

Crisis-Intervention

  1. Uses possible crisis-scenarios to discuss important helping and intervention skills.
  2. Overview of victim blaming, victim psychology/common reactions, and prevalence of violence.
  3. Outlines a “How to help a Friend,” a document that discusses effective ways to help someone in crisis.

 

How Men Can Stop Sexual Violence  

  1. Reviews prevalence and common myths of sexual violence.
  2. Utilizes “Man in a Box” to explain gender roles and their connection to sexual violence.
  3. Discusses why sexual violence is not only a women’s issue.
  4. Provides different ways that men can help prevent sexual violence, including a review of “10 Things Men Can Do To Prevent Gender Violence.”