Session 3:  Where Do We Go From Here?

 Providing practical approaches to addressing sexual assault and consent in your school 

Activation, Connection and Growth to Develop Generations of Healthy Leaders

Cole Reifsnider and Caroline Seats, One Love

Learn how to get involved with the One Love Foundation to foster conversations about healthy relationships and relationship abuse among the people you care about. Gain the tools you’ll need to bring One Love to your school or community through workshops, activities, and dialogue.

Athletes For Action

Sophie Gajadhar-Smith, Kyle Petty, Luke Shores, and Evan Walker, Arlington Public Schools

What does sports have to do with rape culture? What does it truly mean to be an athlete? How does the aggression and communication on the court or field translate into day to day life? In this session, you’ll be provided a template for how to engage athletes in meaningful conversations and activities to shift the culture of power, dominance and control that is promoted in certain athletic environments, and reduce the alarming number of sexually violent behavior that can result.

Boys Leading Boys (BLB)

Sami Jinich '20, Nathaniel Rosenberg '20, and Josh Orszag '20, Georgetown Day School

During this session, you’ll hear what Boys Leading Boys has done at GDS as well as its plan for the future. You will learn how to get involved with the organization: whether that means starting a BLB chapter at your school, joining the group, or simply bringing more teen boys into the conversation about sexual assault and consent. We hope that this session will inspire other young people to take action, no matter how small, on their beliefs.

Breakup Safety & Bystander Intervention

Jordan Babin, Elizabeth Belanger, Amanda Katz, and Tova Zimm, Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA)

The breakup is statistically the most dangerous part of an abusive relationship, which is why breakup safety planning and bystander intervention skills are so important. Everyone has a role to play in preventing dating violence and this training will help participants define their role and understand how they can overcome barriers to being an active bystander.

Men: Stopping Assault Before It Starts

Tahir Duckett, ReThink

ReThink engages in primary prevention of sexual assault by working with young men and boys to break down the cultural norms that underpin sexual violence. In this session, participants will discuss the importance of gender equality, positive relationships, healthy masculinity, enthusiastic consent, and empathy as a frame for engaging teen boys in this human rights issue.

Organizing and Action: How To Build A Campaign From The Ground Up

Sage Carson, Know Your IX

Young people across the world have made huge change through organizing. While some campaigns lead to wins, without smart strategies others can quickly burnout and dissolve. Through this workshop young people will learn how to identify issues in your community and build out a strong strategic campaign that will lead to lasting change. Participants will learn how to identify issues, craft demands, identify targets, and build out their campaign strategy.

Channel Your Stories Into Change: Lobbying for Your Rights

Jennifer Mandelblatt, Platform

You don't have to be an expert in politics to change policy or an expert in lobbying to change minds. Because you are an expert in your story and that's more than enough to create legislative change. During this workshop, you will learn how to craft a personal narrative around the policy issues that matter to you as well as how to tell your story in a way that will make legislators listen. Especially in light of this Summit, Platform affirms that you do not owe anyone your stories or what’s in your heart and mind.

A Discussion on Trauma-Informed Response Systems with Katherine Kendall

Katherine Kendall, Weinstein survivor

Katherine Kendall has been learning a lot about being trauma-informed. In this session, participants will talk about what exactly “trauma-informed” means. The response survivors receive after sharing their story with a friend, family member, teacher, or police officer shouldn’t re-traumatize survivors, but rather support them. Kendall would love to hear about how we can all be better for our youth - where do students stand on this? What do you feel you need from us? Do you feel you feel you have safe places to disclose? Participants can talk about how survivors need to feel they matter. Survivors need to feel safe. When a response system minimizes sexual harassment and assault, it has lasting effects. By talking about it in high school, we catch problems so much earlier.

The Need for Educational Programs in the Campus Sexual Assault Movement
Silvia Zenteno, It's On Us

It's On Us began in 2014 in the Obama-Biden White House to spread awareness of the issue of campus sexual assault and to increase the number of people engaged in this issue. This year, It's On Us focused on providing students with peer-to-peer educational materials to empower them to provide their own trainings throughout the year. In this session we will talk about the current landscape of the campus sexual assault movement, review what to expect next, and discuss what the future of the movement might look like.

The Consensual Classroom: Finding and Sharing Love

Shafia Zaloom, The Urban School of San Francisco

This workshop will focus on the implementation of comprehensive sex education programs that encourage authentic connection, affirmative consent and healthy relationships. Shafia Zaloom, a Health Educator at the Urban School in San Francisco, will focus on how to create safe environments and approach challenging topics, as well as provide concrete ways by which we can guide students to maintain cultures of dignity and embrace caring and loving relationships.

Traveling Heart Project

Rachel Passer, Traveling Heart Project

In this student-led workshop, you will create your own Traveling Heart canvas to add to the exhibit! The exhibit will travel to participating Summit schools to raise awareness and funds for organizations such as PAVE and Youth Leads.

Making Change: Concrete Ways to Challenge Rape Culture

Joe Samalin

What is culture and how can we change it? Come ready to discuss what culture means to you and to learn a simple model for identifying the parts of culture that promote sexual violence and how we can all work to transform them. Participants will leave with ideas for taking action in the communities and cultures you are a part of.

Teaching About Consent? Talk about Intimacy First

Debbie Roffman, The Park School of Baltimore

Dating abuse, like domestic abuse, is a pattern of behaviors in which one dating partner seeks to maintain power and control over the other dating partner. In this session, through an interactive presentation, participants will learn about the cycle of abuse, how a teen victim of dating abuse might feel, and the importance of breakup safety.

Comprehensive Sex Eduation as an Agent for Social Change

Meg Blitzer, Georgetown Day School

How do you treat potential partners with dignity and respect? Humans are sexual creatures from the time they are born until they die, and sexual experiences should be positive for all. This workshop will take a dive into a holistic and inclusive sex education space that helps create a culture shift by moving away from shame and toward healthy relationships.

Changing Culture Through Bystander Intervention

LaVonne Pepe, Alteristic and Meredith Chaffin, NYU Class of 2021, NARAL Pro-Choice America Intern

Too many people are impacted by sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking and when we’re talking about reducing the number of people who are harmed, we are talking about needing to change the culture. Culture change begins with each of us playing our small role by looking out for one another, checking in, and setting new norms in our schools and communities. In this session, we will discuss bystander intervention, ways that you can intervene using the 3 Ds, and proactive behaviors that you can do to set the norms that violence won’t be tolerated and everyone is expected to do their part.

While learning about the issues of sexual assault and consent is incredibly important, this session will give you practical and tangible tools to answer the question, "What can I personally do to enact change in my school?”. Green Dot Bystander Intervention is a program that is taking the country by storm with a mission to reduce and prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, bullying, harassment, and general negative behavior in schools and communities. Through  videos, first hand accounts, discussions, and more, Meredith will use her own personal training from the Green Dot program to help teach you how to intervene  when faced with various scenarios that contribute to an unsafe school culture and environment.

The ‘Real World’ is Failing Survivors — Disrupting The Status Quo with Cutting-Edge Technologies

Ryan Soscia, JDoe

Sexual violence against women, children, and men is among the most under-reported crime in our country. Fear, social blaming, and isolation continue to be key factors causing victims to remain silent. However, recent advances in technology has made the scalable identification of repeat offenders possible in a way that neither defames perpetrators nor reveals survivors identifying information.  In this session, meet social entrepreneur Ryan Soscia, Founder & CEO of JDoe, a survivor himself who created an encrypted and anonymous platform for reporting sexual misconduct and pursuing legal action. His story begins in high school when a close friend decided to speak up, only to discover that 10 additional friends were all survivors connected to the same perpetrator.


Sandra Whelan, I Have The Right To

A student-led discussion on the rights all students need to know regarding consent and their bodies. Ask the questions you've been nervous to ask and how to sort through the complex messages you experience every day.

Awareness into Action: Shattering The Silence Around Sexual Violence
Julia Dixon, PAVE

Two years ago, 19 million people came forward with the hashtag #MeToo. The awareness has been created, the time is now to take action! Learn about PAVE's groundbreaking work in high schools and how you can affect positive change in your school. Students will learn how to use your voice to stop the sexual and dating violence and support survivors. This interactive session with small group discussion, training, and engaging activities will teach you how to help a friend, be an active bystander, and get involved with current campaigns to challenge rape culture. You can take action to shatter the silence and galvanize your community to end sexual violence!

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