Expect Respect SF
Expect Respect SF (ERSF) is a City College of San Francisco (CCSF) program and a community collaborative of San Francisco domestic and sexual violence prevention programs – including Project SURVIVE at City College of San Francisco, San Francisco Women Against Rape, La Casa de las Madres, The Riley Center, W.O.M.A.N., Inc., Health Initiatives for Youth (HIFY), Shalom-Bayit, Community Youth Center, The SF LGBT Center, Asian Pacific Islanders Legal Outreach, and Females Against Violence – working to promote healthy and violence-free dating through youth-centered, culturally-sensitive education.
Our goal is to introduce healthy relationship workshops to all San Francisco public high school students. Currently, we present our workshops in all 16 SFUSD high schools.
ERSF college-aged and CCSF trained peer educators deliver two presentations on healthy relationships: Oppression and Power, and Youth Dating Violence to all of the freshmen health classes at each participating high school. One of the collaborating community based organizations makes a third follow-up presentation that concentrates more directly on various topics, such as sexual harassment, homophobia/transphobia, and intimate partner violence safety plans.
CCSF has also started to train high school peer educators to team up with college peer educators in delivering a coherent, consistent, comprehensive message through regular workshops in their own schools.
Our work is linked to social movements that acknowledge and resist systematic political, economic, and social oppression. Health education that seeks to prevent and repair physical, sexual, and psychological injury in teen dating relationships, as well as older adult relationships, must address the links among various forms of oppression, such as racism, classism, sexism, homophobia/heterosexism, transphobia, ageism, ableism, and anti-Semitism as well as anti-Arabism.
We also believe that prevention education among youth is the best way to decrease interpersonal violence in the future older adult population.
Expect Respect SF receives funding from the David B. Gold Foundation.
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