Preventing abuse with education

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) One of the aspects of abuse you may not hear about is how to prevent it. There are programs in West Michigan that turn to young boys and men to teach them how to be in a healthy relationship. The Kent County Health Department and its partners are committed to providing prevention efforts to make sure sexual violence happens less in the West Michigan community.

Safe Dates

A free, ten session evidence-based program for middle and high school aged students that deals with attitudes and behaviors associated with dating abuse and violence. The program teaches the students to recognize the traits of healthy and unhealthy relationships and how to help themselves, friends, or family who may be in an abusive relationship. The program is free and can be taught at schools, churches, or other youth organizations.

Coaching Boys into Men

The program engages teachers, youth group leaders, coaches, and other adults to help shape the attitudes and behaviors of young people. The Kent County Health Department provides free training and materials to help the adults lead eleven 10 to 15 minute min-lessons. The lessons address the issues of integrity, respect, and non-violence in relationships. The program is free and can be taught at schools, churches, or other youth organizations.

For more information about Safe Dates or Coaching Boys into Men, contact Aaron Toffoli at the Kent County Health Department at (616) 632-7295 or Aaron.Toffoli@kentcountymi.gov. You can click here to find more information on dating abuse and sexual assault prevention.

 

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