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Training Webinars for Professionals over Sexual Violence and Sexual Abuse Awareness Week 2021

By taking part in Sexual Violence and Sexual Abuse Awareness Week 2021 we hope to actively raise awareness of Gender Based Violence by offering free training webinar sessions remotely to a wide range of professionals from the Dundee and Angus area. The week aims to generate discussion among the general public, statutory bodies and third sector organizations about how sexual abuse and sexual violence is not ok. It aims to empower victims and send out a clear message that the UK collectively will be saying ‘It’s Not Ok'

Our Plans

Our values underpin all of the work we do with service users, staff, volunteers, trustees and partner agencies.

We believe first and foremost that perpetrators of rape, sexual abuse and exploitation are responsible for their actions – not survivors.

We are a feminist organisation which means we recognise that all forms of rape, sexual abuse and exploitation are acts of violence, involving the abuse of power and control by men over women, are a breach of human rights and are fundamentally routed in gender inequality.

By taking part in Sexual Violence and Sexual Abuse Awareness Week 2021 we hope to actively raise awareness of Gender Based Violence by offering free training webinar sessions remotely to a wide range of professionals from the Dundee and Angus area.

The week aims to generate discussion among the general public, statutory bodies and third sector organisations about how sexual abuse and sexual violence is not ok. It aims to empower victims and send out a clear message that the UK collectively will be saying ‘It’s Not Ok’.

We will be running taster training and awareness raising events over the week as well as using social media to highlight advocates and activists, organisations and services for survivors.

Webinars

Open Day

Monday 01 February 2021 10:00 - 11:30 (1.5hrs)

We are a specialist agency providing free and confidential trauma informed support services to women and young people who have been raped, sexually abused or sexually exploited at any time in their life. We welcome all service users, staff and volunteers who identify as women irrespective of religion, race, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity or disability.

We are very often the first or only agency contacted by survivors in the area.

We provide support from our Dundee premises and have an outreach support service in Angus.

In addition to this our Vice Versa project provides support to women involved or at risk of prostitution and commercial sexual exploitation.

Our centre is staffed entirely by female workers and volunteers who are trained to a high standard and share the view that violence against women and children is an abuse of power and should not happen.

Join us for an Open Day and learn about our Centre, ideal for those who may come in to contact with survivors in the course of their work, even if you are not aware of this.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wrasac-open-day-tickets-136602713393

Young People & Pornography

Monday 01 February 2021 14:00 - 16:00 (2hrs)

This workshop focuses on discussions around pornography and sexting by building on concepts of consent, sexualisation and sexual communication and the ways in which pornography can affect how individuals think they should behave sexually. There will be a key focus on how pornography might influence relationships and will give professionals the necessary tools to have conversations with young people around what is healthy and unhealthy. 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/young-people-and-pornography-tickets-136255926143

What is Sexual Violence?

Tuesday 02 February 2021 14:00 - 15:00 (1hr)

Sexual violence is a serious public health and human rights problem with both short- and long-term consequences on women's physical, mental, and sexual and reproductive health. Whether sexual violence occurs in the context of an intimate partnership, within the larger family or community structure, or during times of conflict, it is a deeply violating and painful experience for the survivor.

This training looks at the various forms of sexual violence, including rape, sexual exploitation, grooming, stalking, sexual harassment and also looks at the law in regard to sexual violence.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-is-sexual-violence-tickets-136264758561

Introduction to Commercial Sexual Exploitation

Wednesday 03 February 2021 10:00 - 11:00 (1.5hrs)

This workshop will look at what sexual exploitation is and the needs of those involved.

There is no fixed definition of commercial sexual exploitation (CSE), but a useful definition is:

“Sexual exploitation is a practice by which person(s) achieve sexual gratification, or financial gain, or advancement through the abuse of a person’s sexuality by abrogating that person’s human right to dignity, equality, autonomy, and physical and mental well-being.”

It includes sexual activities such as prostitution, phone sex, stripping, internet sex/chat rooms, pole dancing, lap dancing, peep shows, pornography, trafficking, sex tourism and mail order brides.

Sexual Exploitation includes offering drugs, food, shelter, protection, other basics of life, and/or money in exchange for sex or sexual acts.

CSE is included in both Scottish Government and United Nations definitions of violence against women based on the physical and mental harms suffered by victims and its roots in and impact on gender inequality. These harms stretch from difficulty entering other forms of work to increased likelihood of drug and alcohol abuse, difficulty with relationships, mental health issues including post-traumatic stress disorder, physical and mental abuse, rape, assault, and increased mortality rates.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-commercial-sexual-exploitation-tickets-136256650309

Trauma

Wednesday 03 February 2021 12:30 - 14:00 (1.5hr)

WRASAC works with women and young people who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives.  The women we work with may come in to contact with many agencies and knowing how trauma has affected them can help professionals to make sure their needs are met sensitively.

This lunchtime Zoom Session is for those who may come in to contact with survivors in the course of their work, even if you are not aware of this. We will also tell you about our work and provide extra support if needed to those attending.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/trauma-training-tickets-136260355391

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