Work­shop on pre­vent­ing sex­ual vi­o­lence

Hamilton Metro News - - News -

Cam­paign for Con­sent Hamil­ton is hold­ing an in­ter­ac­tive sex­ual vi­o­lence preven­tion work­shop in Hamil­ton next month, to­gether with Te Ohaakii a Hine— Na­tional Net­work End­ing Sex­ual Vi­o­lence To­gether (TOAHNNEST).

The work­shop will bring to­gether peo­ple who spe­cialise in the com­plex and sen­si­tive mat­ter of pre­vent­ing and re­spond­ing to sex­ual vi­o­lence.

The Hamil­ton event is one of a na­tion­wide se­ries be­ing or­gan­ised by TOAH-NNEST in part­ner­ship with In­jury Preven­tion Aotearoa.

Dur­ing the morn­ing, TOAHNNEST will in­tro­duce a 12-point preven­tion tool for prac­ti­tion­ers.

Lead­ing the dis­cus­sions will be TOAH-NNEST pri­mary preven­tion co-or­di­na­tor Rachel Fabish, Me­lanie Calves­bert of the Sex­ual Abuse HELP Foun­da­tion Welling­ton and Rachel Harrison, a ser­vice leader with Child Abuse Preven­tion Ser­vices Hau­raki, who also runs the child-fo­cused Right2BSafe Cam­paign.

At­ten­dees will have an op­por­tu­nity to talk about what they do, and more im­por­tantly, how they do it. It’s a chance to share sec­tor knowl­edge across ar­eas of ed­u­ca­tion, sur­vivor ser­vices and the treat­ment of harm­ful sex­ual be­hav­iour.

“Dur­ing the work­shop we will be chal­leng­ing as­sump­tions, par­tic­u­larly about the use of ser­vices from within mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties,” says An­jum Rah­man, one of the Cam­paign for Con­sent Hamil­ton or­gan­is­ers and a trus­tee of Shama Hamil­ton Eth­nic Women’s Centre.

The work­shop is co-fa­cil­i­tated by Re­becca Fraser, man­ager of Sin­gle Par­ent Ser­vices Waikato and com­mu­nity ad­vo­cate for LGBT is­sues.

“We’ll be look­ing at how we can be more in­clu­sive when we deal with clients, ex­plor­ing mis­con­cep­tions and look­ing at dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives on pre­vent­ing sex­ual vi­o­lence.”

The free work­shop will be held at the Pur­die Hall, The Link, cor­ner River Road and Te Aroha streets, Hamil­ton from 9.30am-4pm on Fri­day, June 3.

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