Prevention Education

howtostop1The Prevention Education Department is available to provide prevention and education programs to schools, businesses, allied professionals, faith-based institutions and other community groups on a variety of topics. Through raising awareness and educating the community, we are working towards the prevention of crime and victimization before it happens.

All of our programming is geared to the audience’s specific age level and mostly all of them are offered free of charge.  Presentations can also be tailored for a specific group, therefore  if you are looking for a topic not listed, or wish to discuss how we can fit your needs, please contact us by phone at (814) 455-9414 and ask to speak with the Community Ed Department and we will schedule at your convenience.

Click here to download a printable version of our Educational Programs List

 

Programs:

Elementary Level (Preschool – Grade 5)

 *Bullying*

This program focuses on identifying bullying behaviors (physical, mental/emotional and social); understanding the impact that behavior has on victims and bystanders; understanding reasons why; and what to do if you or someone else is being bullied. Bystander intervention is discussed and tips are given to help students understand that bullying is not just about the victim and the bully, but that it affects everyone. We use interactive discussion, videos and role playing activities to help the students build on their existing knowledge and gain a better understanding about the entire issue and impacts of bullying.

*Good Secrets/Bad Secrets (A Personal Body Safety Program)*

This fun and interactive program uses a question-and-answer style discussion to help students identify the difference between a good secret (one that makes us feel good, one we want to keep) and a bad secret (one that makes us feel bad, one we may be forced to keep). We then discuss what should be done with bad secrets (tell a trusted adult); and what are good and bad touches; where our private parts are located (areas covered by our bathing suits); and what to do if anyone wants to look at or touch our private parts. Through the discussion and videos the students gain a better understanding of the importance of telling bad secrets, identifying the adults whom they can tell their secret to, an awareness of the differences between good and bad touches, and the understanding of body ownership.

Good Secrets, Bad Secrets is available in one-time awareness raising, or a multi-session prevention formats.  Please specify which you would prefer when requesting programming.

 

Middle School Level (Grades 6-8)

 

 *Bullying: It’s Not Elementary*

This program focuses on identifying bullying behaviors (physical, mental/emotional, social); understanding the impact that behavior has on victims; understanding why a bully may bully; and what to do if you or someone else is being bullied. Bystander intervention is discussed and tips are given to help students understand that bullying is not just about the victim and the bully, but that it affects everyone, and that others can make a difference. We use interactive discussion, videos and role playing activities to help the students build on their existing knowledge and gain a better understanding about the entire issue of bullying.

*Relationships: Where Does Yours Fit?*

This program focuses on definitions of healthy and unhealthy relationships through discussion of relationship expectations. It also covers an overview of why unhealthy relationships are undesirable (including statistics and escalation) and ways to evaluate a relationship to determine if it is healthy or unhealthy. It also talks about warning signs that a relationship might becoming unhealthy and a discussion of priorities. The program ends with tips for building a healthy relationship and ways to leave one that is unhealthy.

*Sexual Harassment: What’s It All About?*

This program discusses behaviors that constitute sexual harassment and creates an understanding of the impact of such actions on victims. Through role play and sample scenarios, students identify situations in which sexual harassment may occur. Also discussed is what to do if sexual harassment occurs, as well as how to prevent sexual harassment.

*Playing It Safe on the ’Net*

This is a program designed to help students identify potential danger on the Internet, such as spam, harassment, pornography and predators. We use interactive discussion and a PowerPoint presentation to help students understand the possible reactions they may experience should they come across these dangers, what to do about encountering them and steps to take to prevent a possible encounter.

*Cyberbullying*

Through the use of interactive discussion and PowerPoint, students are made aware of the realities of cyberbullying.  The program discusses the many different ways bullying can be done on the Internet, via cell phones, tablets, online gaming and the consequences for both the victims and the offenders.  Included are steps to take if a student is a victim, risk reduction techniques and tips for bystanders.

*R.I.V.E.T. (Reducing the Impact of Violence by Empowering Teens)*

The goal of this 3 session program is to reduce the impact of violence on the lives of teens and the community they live in through empowerment and awareness. Through the use of a video, some interactive activities, and discussion, teens are given the opportunity to understand the consequences of uncontrolled anger that often leads to violent behavior; to understand how this violent behavior impacts victims and the community; and in the final session are presented with alternatives to violence and means to increase their self-esteem.

 

High School Level (Grades 9-12)

*Relationships: Where Does Yours Fit?*

This program focuses on definitions of healthy and unhealthy relationships though discussion of relationship expectations. It also covers an overview of why unhealthy relationships are undesirable (including statistics and escalation) and ways to evaluate a relationship to determine if it is healthy or unhealthy. It also talks about warning signs that a relationship might becoming unhealthy and a discussion of priorities. The program ends with tips for building a healthy relationship and ways to leave one that is unhealthy.

*Sexual Harassment: What’s It All About?*

This program discusses behaviors that constitute sexual harassment and creates an understanding of the impact of such actions on victims. Through role play and sample scenarios, students identify situations in which sexual harassment may occur. Also discussed is what to do if sexual harassment occurs, as well as how to prevent sexual harassment.

*Sexual Assault: Understand the Issue*

This program gives an overview of the problem of sexual violence. It also includes a discussion on consent and coercion, as well as Pennsylvania laws relating to consensual and nonconsensual sex; identification of date rape drugs; common drugs and their effects; ways in which the drugs are administered as part of a sexual assault; and a discussion of the effects on sexual assault victims and risk reduction.

 

*Playing It Safe on the ‘Net*

This is a program designed to help students identify potential danger on the Internet, such as spam, harassment, pornography and predators. We use interactive discussion and a PowerPoint presentation to help students understand the possible reactions they may experience should they come across these dangers, what to do about encountering them and steps to take to prevent a possible encounter.

*Cyberbullying*

Through the use of interactive discussion and PowerPoint, students are made aware of the realities of cyberbullying.  The program discusses the many different ways bullying can be done on the Internet, via cell phones, and online gaming and the consequences for both the victims and the offenders.  Included are steps to take if a student is a victim, risk reduction techniques and tips for bystanders.

*R.I.V.E.T. (Reducing the Impact of Violence by Empowering Teens)*

The goal of this 3 session program is to reduce the impact of violence on the lives of teens and the community they live in through empowerment and awareness. Through the use of a video, some interactive activities, and discussion, teens are given the opportunity to understand the consequences of uncontrolled anger that often leads to violent behavior; to understand how this violent behavior impacts victims and the community; and in the final session are presented with alternatives to violence and means to increase their self-esteem.

*Gambling 101*

Using PowerPoint, interactive discussion and an activity, this program defines gambling for students and introduces them to the signs of compulsive gambling.  Students are also given ways to reduce their risks of becoming involved in compulsive gambling and information for helping friends and family members.

 

College Programs

*Sexual Assault: Understand the Issue*

This program reveals the myths and facts of sexual assault, different types of assault including acquaintance and date rape, date rape drugs, how to respond to a disclosure of sexual assault and offers some personal safety and prevention tips.

*RA / RD Training*

To prepare RAs and RDs for the unique setting of college dorms, this presentation works to dispel myths and misconceptions about sexual assault and domestic violence.  RAs and RDs are introduced to the different types of assaults and situations they may encounter and are given tips for handling those events.

*Sexual Assault and Alcohol*

With over 70% of college sexual assaults involving alcohol, this program helps students examine their risks and the part alcohol can play in a sexual assault.  The presentation utilizes a PowerPoint presentation as well as role play.

 

Community Programs

*Internet Safety*

Through a PowerPoint presentation and discussion, participants are made aware of the dangers of the Internet, for themselves and for their family.  Examples and techniques for handling the dangers are discussed, as well as ways to reduce risks while on the Internet.

  • Parent and Teacher

*Playing It Safe on the ’Net: Parent Component*

This is a program designed to help parents identify potential danger on the Internet, such as spam, harassment, pornography and predators. We use interactive discussion, PowerPoint and a video to help parents understand the possible reactions their children may experience should they come across these dangers and steps to prevent possible encounters

*Gambling 101*

Using PowerPoint, interactive discussion and an activity, this program defines gambling and introduces the signs of compulsive gambling.  Participants are given ways to reduce their risks of becoming involved in compulsive gambling and information for helping friends and family members.

*Identity Theft*

Addressing one of America’s fastest growing crimes, this presentation uses a PowerPoint and video as well as interactive discussion to define identity theft, how a person’s identity is stolen, and how to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of identity theft.  Resources for reporting a stolen identity and steps to follow in the aftermath of identity theft are also shared with participants.

*Keeping Safe at Home and Away*

Interactive discussion and an activity using the Crime Clock statistics allow participants to asses their risks for being a victim of a crime.  Steps an individual can take at home and in the community to help reduce the risk of becoming a victim are given.  Risk reduction steps are tailored to the specific facility / population requesting the program.

*Risk Reduction and Responding to Victimization*

Participants examine their vulnerabilities and how these can play a part in victimization.  Using interactive discussion, audience members generate ways to overcome those vulnerabilities and reduce the risks of becoming a victim of crime.  Also included are steps to take if a person does become a victim as well as how to help someone else who has been a victim of a crime.

*Talking to Children About Sexual Abuse*

This program features a discussion of childhood sexual abuse, prevalence of abuse, warning signs, and ways perpetrators gain the trust of both parents and children in order to molest children. It also discusses terms and concepts to talk to children about, as well as what to do should a child disclose a sexual assault.

*Bullying:  Working Together to Create a Solution*

In this PowerPoint and discussion presentation, we look at the ways bullying occurs and the consequences it can have for the victims, bullies and bystanders.  We help to identify risk factors for children and offer strategies and tips to help avoid those risks.  Also included are ways parents can work with the schools and others in their children’s lives to help reduce involvement in bullying situations.

*Cyberbullying*

Through the use of interactive discussion and PowerPoint, participants are made aware of the realities of cyberbullying: the many different ways bullying can be done on the Internet, via cell phones, and online gaming, the consequences for both the victims and the offenders, and warning signs that cyberbullying may be occurring.  Included are steps to take if a student is a victim, cyberbully, or bystander as well as risk reduction techniques and tips for parents and schools.

 

Professional Programs

 

*Mandated Reporter Training:  Knowing Your Role in the Protection of Children*

This 3 hour state-certified program covers a general overview of child abuse, the warning signs of abuse, requirements of being a mandated reporter and the steps to reporting a suspicion of child abuse.

*Sexual Assault: Understand the Issue*

This program reveals the myths and facts of sexual assault, different types of assault including acquaintance and date rape, date rape drugs, how to respond to a disclosure of sexual assault and offers some personal safety and prevention tips.

*Sexual Harassment in the Workplace*

Through interactive discussion, participants learn about behaviors that constitute sexual harassment as well as the impact of such behavior on victims.   Role play and sample scenarios allow participants to identify situations in which sexual harassment may occur.  Specific workplace situations such as quid pro quo and hostile work environments are discussed.  The program also includes what a person can do if sexual harassment occurs as well as how others can help to prevent sexual harassment.

*Personal Trauma*

Designed for professionals whose consumers may experience or have experienced a traumatic event, presenters use PowerPoint and discussion to  look at different ways a person can experience trauma and the possible long and short term effects.  Positive and negative supports are covered as well as tips for helping a person through a period of trauma. 

*Healthcare Screening for Sexual Assault*

Developed with nursing staff in mind, this training covers the reactions a sexual assault victim may have, why it is important to screen for sexual assault, and what to do if a patient affirms a history of sexual assault.  The S.A.V.E. (Screen, Ask, Validate, Evaluate) screening tool is used to assist staff in understanding how to help their patients receive the counseling and care they need.

*Keeping Safe at Home and Away*

Interactive discussion and an activity using the Crime Clock statistics allow participants to asses their risks for being a victim of a crime.  Steps an individual can take at home and in the community to help reduce the risk of becoming a victim are given.  Risk reduction steps are tailored to the specific facility / population requesting the program.

 

Additional Programs

Programs are continually being developed and added.  If you would like us to tailor a program on a crime related topic, please ask!

Other issues we have presented include:  Human Trafficking, Child Abuse and Discipline, Creating Safe Spaces, Bullying in the Workplace, Elder Sexual Assault, Victim’s Rights, Foster Parent Training, and General Victimization.

 

Information for Parents:

www.commonsensemedia.org – Helpful info for Parents on technology use; Websites, App’s, TV, Games, and Books.
www.loveisrespect.org – Free and confidential phone, live chat and texting services are available 24/7/365 on teen dating relationships.

Statistics:

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Other Resources:

Adult Probation and Parole Department (http://eriecountygov.org/default.aspx?id=ap) provides collection of restitution, submission of victim impact statements to judges, pre-sentence investigation, case status information for crime victims and probation/parole violation reporting.

District Attorney’s Office, Community Outreach (http://eriecountygov.org/default.aspx?id=da) represents the victim in court, presents restitution information, reviews victim input on cases, decides plea arrangements, responds to appeals and provides case status information.

Juvenile Probation Department (http://eriecountygov.org/default.aspx?id=jp) recommends action to the court, follows court instructions relative to offender supervision, sets up guidelines of supervision within discretion granted by the court, provides accountability of offender, collects restitution, reviews apology letters prior to submission to victim services, notifies crime victims upon escape and release requests.

Office of Mental Health/Mental Retardation (http://eriecountygov.org/default.aspx?id=dhsm) provides technical assistance and funding to the Crime Victim Center and referrals to other agencies.

 United Way of Erie County (http://www.unitedwayerie.org/) makes your caring count. By investing in our community through United Way, your gift is combined with the donations of others. This maximizes the impact you can make on tens of thousands of Erie County residents.

 Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (http://www.pcar.org/) is a statewide nonprofit organization widely respected for its leadership and initiative in working to prevent sexual violence at statewide and national levels. Since its inception in 1975, PCAR has been at the forefront of the anti-violence movement, utilizing its voice to advocate for the rights of countless victims and affect critical change through its active role in public policy, education, training and prevention.

MASV (Men Against Sexual Violence) (http://menagainstsexualviolence.org/) is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape. It is a forum designed to engage males in actively working together with women to eliminate sexual violence. MASV will ask men to personally pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about sexual violence and to use their resources to support change.

Pennsylvania Office of the Victim Advocate (http://www.pbpp.state.pa.us/ova/site/default.asp) provides an opportunity to better serve crime victims by focusing not only on the notifications and opportunity for input that the Board of Probation and Parole provides, but by looking at the system as the victim does. The Office of the Victim Advocate is dedicated to providing crime victims with a continuum of service throughout the post-sentencing process.

 Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (http://www.pccd.state.pa.us/pccd/site/default.asp) upholds a mission to serve as a catalyst for the prevention and reduction of crime and delinquency and to enhance the quality of justice for all Pennsylvanians. The PCCD strives to effect improvements in the criminal and juvenile justice systems by examining problems, proposing solutions and monitoring and evaluating the impact of those solutions.

PA Crime Victims (http://www.pacrimevictims.org) provides information about your rights as a crime victim, services that are available for crime victims, information on the criminal and juvenile justice systems, how to obtain financial assistance and more.

To be notified of the release of an offender from the Erie County Prison, call 1-866-972-7284, or visit the PA Crime Victims website to register with PA SAVIN.  PA SAVIN is an automated information and notification service.  This service allows crime victims to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day. Victims and other concerned citizens can also register to be notified by phone, e-mail or TTY device when an offender’s custody status changes.

The National Center for Victims of Crime (http://www.ncvc.org/ncvc/Main.aspx) is recognized as the nation’s leading advocate for crime victims. Since 1985, they have worked with more than 10,000 grassroots organizations and criminal justice agencies serving millions of crime victims. The group’s mission is to forge a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives.

VINELink (https://www.vinelink.com/vinelink/siteInfoAction.do?siteId=39000) is the online version of Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) – the National Victim Notification Network. This service allows crime victims to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day. Victims and other concerned citizens can also register to be notified by phone, e-mail or TTY device when an offender’s custody status changes. Users can also register through their participating state or county toll-free number.

The Jen and Dave Program (http://www.jendaveprogram.us/) was established in 1997 as the nation’s first statewide, automated system for providing criminal charge information to individuals involved in child custody cases. The information system allows parents to learn if a person involved in their custody case has been charged with a criminal offense.