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The Rape and Domestic Abuse program strives to educate ages 10+ about the prevalence of rape and domestic abuse within our community, and to give those people the tools and empowerment to help prevent these issues. The Rape and Domestic Abuse Program is working to build a proactive and self-sustaining community that is willing to take a stand against violent behaviors and ensure that no survivor ever walks alone in their journey.

All prevention and education services are free to the community to raise awareness about rape and domestic abuse, to strengthen empathy and support for survivors, and to make our six-county service area a safer place for everybody, thanks in part to the Union Pacific Grant Foundation.

To learn more, contact RDAP at (308) 532-0624.

For Schools

Invite RDAP to speak with your students! Our evidence-based curriculum includes the following:

Second Step — Child Protection Unit Grade 5

Working together as a community, we can protect children and keep them safe from abuse! The Second Step Child Protection Unit for Early Learning–Grade 5 provides a multi-layered approach to child safety. By creating a child protection strategy and educating adults throughout the school, you can be prepared to recognize, respond to, and report abuse. And the lessons in the Child Protection Unit help students recognize, report, and refuse unsafe
situations.

This program is easy to use with lessons that extend beyond the classroom with materials and videos that help parents discuss personal safety with their children. The Child Protection Unit takes an integrated approach to child safety by providing training for every staff member and adult in your building. The Child Protection Unit is a research based program that meets Erin’s Law recommendations through age-appropriate instruction, educating both adults and children about how to report abuse.

Includes 6 classroom lessons and an online training required of all administration and school staff members.

Safe Dates — Grades 6-8

This evidence based program deals with attitudes and behaviors associated with dating abuse and violence. Safe Dates helps teens recognize the difference between caring, supportive relationships and controlling, manipulative, or abusive relationships. Students begin to learn the skills necessary to create and maintain positive relationships. The Safe Dates Program helps schools to meet a wide variety of national academic standards for health education as it works to prevent dating abuse and violence within students’ lives. Includes 9 classroom lessons, an optional poster making contest to help student express what they have learned, and additional materials available to accompany the Respect Works! program.

Respect Works! — Grades 6-12

This four-step approach to ending violence within a school incorporates a variety of different tactics to ensure that the culture of your school noticeably changes for the better.

1. The School Policy Kit will guide schools and school districts through the process of creating policies and protocols necessary to meet the challenge of teen dating violence. Teens need trusted adults who are trained and prepared to respond to the issue of dating violence. The School Policy Kit will guide schools and school districts through the process of creating policies and protocols necessary to meet the challenge of teen dating violence.

2. Once your school has a solid policy in place to address dating violence, you can begin educating your student body using Safe Dates, an evidence-based adolescent dating abuse prevention program. Highly engaging and interactive, Safe Dates helps teens recognize the difference between caring, supportive relationships and controlling, manipulative, or abusive dating relationships. Safe Dates is the only evidence-based curriculum that prevents dating abuse: a factor often linked to alcohol and other drug use.

3. Ending Violence focuses on dating violence prevention from a law and justice perspective. Content includes basic information about dating abuse in addition to legal definitions, rights and responsibilities under the law and information about accessing the civil and criminal justice systems to protect yourself. The Ending Violence curriculum includes three modules, each of which is sub-divided into distinct, easily presentable units.

4. The Speak.Act.Change Youth Advocacy Kit is a service-learning, youth activism program designed to complement any basic dating violence education curriculum. The program gives students the tools to protect themselves and their peers from dating violence. This kit-based initiative challenges youth to create communities free from domestic and dating violence. Speak.Act.Change engages, educates and empowers youth to become advocates for healthy relationships and promotes positive youth development. The benefits of this type of service-learning are extensive.

For the Workplace

The workplace is a easy target for abusers. Abuse victims and their co-workers, as well as innocent bystanders (like customers), can typically be accessed in a predictable way. If your company doesn’t have a policy regarding domestic abuse, it needs one — and we can help. Don’t wait for something bad to happen before putting a work-safety policy in place.

We can tailor our presentation to your needs, but common education presentations include domestic violence 101, sexual assault and its effects, and what to do if you suspect your employee has a problem with domestic abuse.  We can speak with large groups or small groups, management only or company-wide.

We also welcome employee fundraisers!  If you have a great idea — or need a great idea — for organizing an RDAP fundraiser, please call us.  We work with many caring local people, organizations, and businesses to set up fun events that generate support for our services.  Through our work at RDAP, this fundraising benefits local people and builds good will for your business in the community!  Plus, chances are that you will be helping — directly or indirectly — someone you know.