Approximately 160,000 students miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by their peers, according to the National Education Association. The National School Safety Center says that American schools harbor approximately 2.1 million bullies and 2.7 million victims of bullying. Studies show 56% of American students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school, and 54% of students said witnessing physical abuse at home can lead to violence in school. A shocking 90% of students in 4th through 8th grade report being victims of bullying.
One SAFE Place offers a local answer to the challenges of bullying in our community through our prevention education program, SafeNET. The primary goal of this program is the promotion of healthy relationships and is based on research that links bullying in adolescence to an increased risk of intimate partner violence as adults. SafeNET is offered FREE of charge to all Shasta County schools and consists of two violence-prevention programs:
YouthNET– A 2-day program for Kindergarten-8th grade students to address assertive communication skills, healthy problem-solving strategies against bullying, dynamics of bullying and the role of a bystander, and safe expression of emotions, including anger.
TeenNET– A 3-day program for 9th-12th grade students to address attitudes that accept violence and victim blaming, how to recognize signs of unhealthy relationships, domestic and dating violence relationships, bullying, bystander intervention, sexual harassment and assault, healthy communication strategies, and available community resources.
Programs are offered as presentations by One SAFE Place staff or as train-the-trainer opportunities for schools and school districts to benefit from our packaged curriculum, campus prevention policy development, and ongoing support.
In addition to SafeNET, One SAFE Place also offers our NO MORE Club program for local high school and university campuses. Modeled with the principles of the nationally recognized NO MORE campaign, students involved in these local clubs receive education about relevant prevention topics, sharing learned objectives with peers and younger students through interactive activities and hosting events for the general public. They also work with local public policy leaders to inform decisions and strengthen community awareness.
Bystander Effect Theory is a psychological phenomenon in which individuals are less likely to offer help to a victim when other people are present. The greater the number of bystanders, the less likely it is that any one of them will help.
The lack of action is the result of social influence, audience inhibition, diffusion of responsibility, and fear of retaliation. As part of our #ChangeTheCulture campaign, we are striving to combat this phenomenon by educating and empowering youth to stand up for one another and engage in the conversation. Bystander Intervention is One SAFE Place’s chosen primary prevention strategy against sexual assault and teen dating violence in high schools. This training is offered in the workplace, to school administration, and can be paired with one or more of our other trainings.
For more information or to schedule a presentation, contact our trained educators at One SAFE Place Education & Outreach Services Department at (530) 244-4767.