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This program is offered to students in grades 7 through 12.
At the middle school level, this program introduces students to appropriate behaviors in a dating relationship, the differences between flirting and sexual harassment, and the importance of learning to set boundaries.
We must have these conversations early, as a means to dispel many pervasive myths about love, and to establish a new norm for what a healthy relationship is. The program guides students to answer the following questions: What is a healthy relationship, and what are the red flags that a relationship may be abusive?
What is important to me in a dating relationship and what do I deserve?
Additionally, an overview of the services Safe Futures offers is provided to all of our students with particular attention given to the domestic violence and sexual assault hotline numbers.
Students are encouraged to use the services themselves and/or refer others they know who may be in need now or in the future. The Healthy Relationships program is typically taught over five consecutive days.
How do I set boundaries in a relationship and what happens if my partner crosses one of my boundaries? How do I help a friend who is experiencing abuse or is abusing their partner?
Lessons on sexual assault are often included as part of the Healthy Relationships curriculum.
(loveisrespect.org) By the time a young woman leaves college there is a 25% chance she will be a victim of sexual assault or attempted sexual assault (oneinfourusa.org).
It is imperative that we arm our students with the necessary tools to prevent dating and sexual violence.
The lessons utilize a variety of teaching tools to meet students’ different learning needs, including but not limited to: visual materials (including a short video depicting one example of an unhealthy relationship between teenagers), interactive relationship scenarios and games, examples of current, popular music and advertisements and the messages they send about relationships, and skill-building exercises around setting boundaries and being an ally.
What are the goals of the Healthy Relationships Program? A 2009 survey conducted by Safe Futures found that in our area of Connecticut 12% of high school students have experienced physical violence in a dating relationship.