Violence against women is not unpredictable, but it also doesn't fit the stereotypes and myths. By knowing what to look for, we can be vigilant when we need to, not anxious all the time. By recognising danger early, and having planned for it in advance, we can enact our safety plan when we need to, rather than restricting ourselves all the time.
Unfortunately, in Australia about 1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted, and 60% of sexual assault victims are under 19. Obviously society needs to change. Until it does, from an early age, women need to have a realistic picture of where and when they are most at risk, and what they can do to stay safe while still living life to the fullest.
These workshops are delivered in a safe, sensitive, interactive way. They are critical for teens starting to attend parties, considering dating, for young women preparing for travel, university, or work, and for parents who want to support their children in making safe choices. If you want to learn these skills with a group of people you are comfortable with, please ask about booking a workshop for you and your friends.
Party safe workshops are about getting the fun and friendship that we want from parties, while recognising and avoiding the scary things that can happen at parties. These workshops are a must before teens start attending parties and clubbing. They gently reveal why parents get so worried about parties, while helping teens and young women to figure out what they want from parties, and what they don't want. We also explore recognising when what someone else wants isn't what they want, and developing strategies with friends and family to keep each other safe. Click here for a story demonstrating the importance of party-safe workshops. (Trigger warning – mentions grooming, sexual assault, and rape).
Date safe workshops (Coming soon) are about preparing young women to date safely. This includes defining what they want from a relationship, and what they don't want. Understanding the risks in dating, particularly for young women. Testing for respect and recognising disrespect and attempts at dominance. What teens and young women can do when a date goes bad, and how to break off relationships clearly and respectfully.
Workplace safe workshops (Coming soon) are about preparing young women to recognise, mitigate, and respond to workplace harassment and misuse of authority. This includes defining what they want from work, the kind of worker they want to be, and exploring what expectations and behaviours are appropriate and inappropriate. How to set respectful boundaries in the workplace, and dealing with workplace harassment.
Who is it for?
These workshops are essential for all women, especially for teens starting to attend parties, date, hang out with friends, and for young women preparing for travel or university. Workshops will be held at Personal Strength throughout the year for teenagers, uni students, parents and other adults. Workshops for schools, or pre-organised groups can be scheduled by arrangement.
The first workshop only will be half price:
$50 per person
- 2-hour workshop
- Email series to help you practice and implement the skills learned
These workshops have been designed and will be taught by Nicky Weeks, a PhD and Masters-qualified psychologist, and black belt. Nicky is passionate about this topic. She is trained in trauma-informed care, Acceptance Committment Therapy, and has attended a DV-alert workshop in addition to extensive research in this area.