BENEFITING: Center Against Domestic Violence
ORGANIZER: Center Against Domestic Violence
Center Against Domestic Violence wrote -
Through the teen Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP) we teach teens to identify signs of abuse, what a healthy relationship looks like and how to teach other teens to do the same. Do you remember what it was like to be a teen? Maybe you still are a teen. Regardless, there's little chance telling parents (guardians, teachers, etc.) anything personal when you are 15. The lack of trust in adults is the biggest barrier to helping teens prevent and/or escape from abuse. This is why we emphasize Peer-to-Peer education about teen dating violence. We want teens empowering teens. We want them to know they are not alone and they can go to their peers when they are in crises.
Our established Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP) is in place at ten high schools citywide. Combined, RAPP teaches 23,000 students a year about healthy, communicative, non-violent relationships and directly counsels over 2,000 teens, individually and in groups. In addition, RAPP coordinators reach out to teachers, parents and community members, to teach warning signs that a teen may be violent or abused.