Flip the Script™
We all want young women to be safe and have healthy relationships, but many of us are unsure how to give them the skills they need. According to a recent survey(1), many high school girls in BC experience coercion and sexual assault from someone they know - a guy at their school, a friend of the family, or someone they are dating.
"Young women aged 16-19 please sign up to do this workshop! It will be life-changing." -- Saleema Noon
What is Flip the Script™ ?
Flip the Script™ is a 12-hour program for women aged 16-24 that cuts their risk of sexual violence by more than half(2). It was developed at the Sexual Assault Research and Education Centre and is recognized by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and Blueprints for Healthy Youth.
Past participants had this to say:
“This program should be in all the schools.”
“The facilitators were open, friendly, and made it a safe environment for me.”
“I would tell other women to 100% sign up because it was so enjoyable and I came away so much more
knowledgeable and with so many tools!”
What Does it Cover?
This 12-hour program has four units:
Assess - Learn to recognize danger cues in people and situations.
Acknowledge - “This doesn't feel safe but am I overreacting? I don’t want to make him mad. What will people say about me?" We all have emotional barriers that can stop us from standing up for ourselves and our friends. Together, we learn to recognize coercion and social pressure, pick our favourite ways of resisting unwanted behaviour, and practice our new skills in a fun and supportive space.
Act - "If I fight back, will I get hurt worse?" Research shows that fighting back keeps you safer. Learn self-defence techniques that work against bigger, stronger people. Pick your favourite techniques and practice keeping yourself and your friends safe.
Enhance - Explore your values, boundaries, and sexual desires so you can integrate what you learned from the previous units into your relationships.
“We regularly see the devastating effect that sexual violence has on young women in our community. We are lucky to have this evidence-based program available right here on the North Shore.”
-- Nicole Kennedy, Youth Prevention Educator, the Foundry
Who Can Attend?
We are running this program for self-identified women aged 16 - 19. This program recognizes that LGBTQ women are at elevated risk of sexual violence from men, even if they do not date men.
When is the Next Session?
We will be running more sessions as soon as public health orders allow. We can also run sessions upon request.