Today I had the opportunity to present a workshop with Prison Me No Way. Me, along with two other members of the youth advisory group, presented two workshops to groups of year 9 students at the school during a crime day. The workshop centered around harassment and relationships and we addressed issues such as healthy and unhealthy relationships, the different forms of harassment and the consequences for both the perpetrator and the victim.
We wanted to focus on making the children aware of the signs of an unhealthy relationship. This is because we believe a lot of people do not realise that anyone can be the victim of an unhealthy relationship. Statistics have shown that 41% of girls aged between 14-17, who have been involved in an intermit relationship, have reported some form of sexual violence during their relationship. We believe that facts and statistics like that do get overlooked, so we aim to make people that age more aware of how serious it is.
We also focus on harassment. This is in many different areas, such as hate crimes and online harassment. We believe that it is important to make sure that children are aware of what is harassment as a lot of younger people can be a victim of harassment, although they may not be aware of it. One area we explored was online harassment; this can be anything from online bullying to constant unwanted attention and messages.
It was interesting finding out how much knowledge the children had prior to the workshop and being able to assist in helping them be more aware. Our aim is to try and help younger people by raising awareness and providing ways in which they can help each other. I am excited to further develop this workshop and to present it to more children in the schools we visit.