Youth Violence Prevention Program (YVPP)


Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands developed the Youth Violence Prevention Curriculum© for middle and high school-aged youth. Utilizing the principals of effective prevention programming, this 6 lesson curriculum covers a wide range of topics geared toward reducing risk and preventing sexual and relationship violence. Trained facilitators use interactive activities, videos, songs, discussion, and lectures to teach youth about gender violence in the media, healthy boundary-setting and communication, on-line safety, dating violence, sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Each lesson lasts approximately an hour to 1 ½ hours and lessons are usually scheduled once/week.

Contact SHRCC’s Education Director, Jennifer O’Shields, via email or call 864-583-9803 to schedule a presentation.

Middle/High School Lessons

[toggle title=”Lesson 1: The Effect of Gender Stereotypes & Media Influence on Violence in Relationships”]


Expose: Explore stereotypes in society that dictate individual behavior and how it may contribute to violence.

Learn: Increase awareness of impossible standards created by media and identify other peer and societal pressures.

Impact: Recognize and discuss the damaging effects of gender stereotypes and explore positive alternatives to overcome peer, societal and media pressures.

Activities we might use to engage participants.

•“Forbidden, Expected, Allowed”

•“Act Like a Man”/”Be Ladylike”

•Celebrity Couples

•Deconstructing Media[/toggle]

[toggle title=”Lesson 2: Appropriate Boundary Setting & Online Victimization & Protection Strategies”]

Objectives Determinants:

Expose: Explore physical, personal, & emotional boundaries.

Learn: Identify personal boundaries and discuss interpersonal aspects that help form boundaries such as: spiritual, relational, emotional, family and school rules.

Impact: Introduce methods by which individuals can be aware of boundary violations and promote a secure sense of responsibility for personal safety on and off-line.

Activities we might use:

  • “My Personal Creed”
  • “Personal Space Activity”
  • Personal Boundaries Activity
  • Netsmartz Activity[/toggle]

[toggle title=”Lesson 3: Effective Communication Strategies”]

Objectives Determinants:

Expose: Heighten awareness of personal communication strengths and weaknesses, introduce “I” statements and expressions of emotion and feelings.

Learn: Review and practice effective communication skills and differentiate between assertive vs. aggressive communication.

Impact: Increase perception that clear and effective communication is important to building healthy relationships and strong decision making skills.

Activities we might use:

  • Attending vs. non-attending Behavior
  • Anger Temperature
  • “Blind Drawing Activity”
  • The WW(W)E Method[/toggle]

[toggle title=”Lesson 4: Healthy Relationships and Prevention of Teen Dating Violence”]

Objectives Determinants:

Expose: Discuss healthy vs. unhealthy relationships and importance of empathy to help people in need.

Learn: Introduce early warnings of unhealthy relationships. Discuss techniques for reducing risks in relationships. Learn bystander intervention techniques.

Impact: Increase awareness of healthy and unhealthy relationships and increase bystander intervention in prevention of dating violence.

Activities we might use:

  • Empathy Exercise
  • “Healthy/Unhealthy”
  • Activity Case Scenario[/toggle]

[toggle title=”Lesson 5: Prevention of Sexual Harassment & Stalking (HS)/Prevention of Sexual Harassment & Bullying (MS)”]

Objectives Determinants:

Expose: Define sexual harassment, bullying and/or stalking as an issue that people of all ages deal with.

Learn: Identify the line between “harmless playing” and harassment. Share effects of crimes on victims and survivors. Increase understanding of the need for equality in relationships.

Impact: Increase knowledge about sexual harassment and understand bystander intervention approaches toward preventing sexual harassment.

Activities we might use:

  • Sexual Harassment vs. Flirting
  • “Agree/Disagree/Unsure”
  • Activity Case Scenario[/toggle]

[toggle title=”Lesson 6: Prevention of Sexual Assault, SC Laws and Substance-Facilitated Sexual Assault (SFSA) (SFSA portions for HS only)”]

Objectives Determinants:

Expose: Identify prevalence, statistics of crime, demographics of victims and survivors. Substance facilitated sexual assault and date rape will be covered for high school audiences only.

Learn: Explore SC laws, penalties, the concept of consent and the different forms of sexual assault.

Impact: Increase knowledge of bystander intervention strategies and learn South Carolina Criminal Sexual Conduct laws.

Activities we might use:

  • “Gonna Make It” Song
  • Decision-Making Scenario[/toggle]