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Persimmon Power: An Online YWCA Academy

Community education and outreach On a Mission

As our communities continue to social distance, limit mass gatherings, and reduce face-to-face contact in an effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, we know that preventing violence against women and equipping our partners with critical resources cannot stop. Our Persimmon Power: An Online YWCA Academy ensures training, education, and outreach is always available.

We want to hear from you! Is there an outreach offering that you don’t see, but need? Please submit a request to communications@ywcadayton.org.

Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.
Helen Keller, author & activist

These evidence-based Sexual Violence Prevention courses prevent intimate-partner and sexual violence against women through a public health and primary prevention lens. The series features six topics spread across three weeks to inform, educate, engage, and equip those who participate to not only prevent power-based violence, but to change the societal norms that allow such violence to be normalized as part of our culture.

Registration details coming soon!

*Note: Signing up with a @gmail email address is preferred; however, you can watch this video that explains how to access Google Classroom without a @gmail account if needed.

This course is three weeks in total; topics run in one-week increments, with a one-week break in between.
Dates TBA
Coursework is uploaded at 9 a.m. each day, with a live session on Friday.

Week I:
Sexual Violence Awareness

The scale of the problem, its consequences and costs, risk and protective factors, and the importance of primary prevention strategies. Valuable take away skills include knowledge of sexual violence reporting, reactions to the trauma of sexual violence, trauma-informed care model for advocates, and community resources available to individuals who have experienced sexual violence.

Consent & Boundaries
We examine the concept of consent in the contexts of both gender-based violence and sex positivity. Participants will learn more about what consent means, establishing boundaries, the intersection of alcohol and consent, and consent in the digital world. Valuable takeaways include practical communication skills around consent and boundaries, like condom negotiation and accepting rejection, spotting signs of incapacitation, values analyses, and working through common misconceptions around consent.

Week II:
Rape Culture

Examines the environment that allows for sexual violence to be prevalent and in which power-based violence is normalized and excused in media and pop culture. Valuable take away skills include the examination of misogynistic and gender binary language, the identification of how society objectifies the body, how to recognize the glamorization of sexual violence, and ways to begin to confront the culture to enact societal change.

Healthy Sexuality
The essential and integral stage of all human life: sexuality. Learning to talk openly about sexuality is important for understanding sexual behavior, how we experience gender roles, what makes for a healthy relationship that is built on communication and trust, and how to prevent health problems and sexual violence. Valuable take away skills include language and confidence to talk about sexuality, knowledge of healthy sexuality, understanding of gender and sexual identity, and resources for developing safe and consensual intimacy.

Week III:
Healthy & Unhealthy Relationships

Examines characteristics of healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships. Valuable takeaways include practical communication skills, like active listening, apologizing, and breaking up; values analysis; media literacy; spotting signs of an unhealthy or abusive relationship; and supporting people who experience interpersonal violence.

Bystander Intervention
Aims to develop the awareness and skills of participants by educating on the topic of bystander intervention. Being able to identify and intervene when confronted with sexual violence sets a standard that sexual violence of any kind is not societally acceptable. Valuable take away skills include, understanding of the bystander effect and the violence pyramid, identifying situations where intervention is necessary, skills from the Three D’s of Intervention to provide tangible ways to intervene safely.

Trained YWCA Dayton staff members are available to any group requesting a presentation, workshop, or training and are equipped to do so virtually. To request a presentation, contact communications@ywcadayton.org.

Topics available include:

  • YWCA mission & services overview
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual assault
  • Intimate-partner violence
  • Gender-based violence
  • Homelessness & housing instability
  • Women’s rights & gender equality
  • Racial justice & civil rights
  • Social justice advocacy
  • Women and girls’ leadership

Typical audiences include:

  • Community organizations
  • Schools & college campuses
  • Faith-based groups
  • First responders & front-line social services staff
  • Youth groups
  • Businesses & staff meetings