The Victim Service Center’s prevention program focuses on both youth (K-College) and at-risk populations, such as LGBTQ, Spanish-speaking, and the homeless. The prevention program promotes social norms and teaches skills that reduce factors that place individuals at risk for perpetrating violence and promote factors that protect individuals at risk for violence.
- Another individual is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds in the United States.*
- In 2016-2017 VSC helped 2,037 sexual violence clients – 96% were female, 4% were male.
- 2,046 Crisis calls were answered in 2016-2017 by VSC Masters-level Victim Advocates, over 350 more than the previous year.
- In Central Florida, VSC provided 342 forensic exams in 2016-2017.
- One in 9 girls and 1 in 53 boys under the age of 18 experience sexual abuse or assault.*
- Among cases of sexual abuses reported to law enforcement, 93% knew their perpetrator.*
Knowledge is the key to prevention, and VSC has a broad range of prevention trainings focused on youth and families.
It is reported that a majority of college students don’t report their sexual assaults at the time, however through prevention education we can be an encouraging voice that can prevent crime before it happens and provide support to those who have experienced it.
- 1 in 6 women, and 1 in 33 men will be the victim of an attempted or completed sexual assault in their lifetime.*
- Every 98 seconds another sexual assault happens in the United States.*
First Responder Training: VSC identified the need to help first responders better understand the services we offer and our SART protocol, so we partnered with a former client to record what a client experience can be like when law enforcement is our partner in brining victims to VSC to help them begin healing. This training is offered online or can be provided in person.
BarTab: A partnership between VSC, higher education, and law enforcement agencies to train bartenders, bouncers, and wait staff on active bystander intervention in effort to reduce sexual violence among patrons.We are asking local bars, restaurants, and nightclubs to:
Commit to reducing sexual violence in our community
Allow us to train their staff on active bystander intervention
Lead the community through this initiative
Pledge to provide this training to the majority of their staff
*Statics used are from RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network).
Be The Hero- Active Bystander Intervention is a 1-hour presentation designed for high school and college students. Students will be trained on how to be an active bystander and use their voice to help and empower others. Students will discern the difference between active and passive bystanders, understand the prevalence of sexual assault among students, gain knowledge on how our culture contributes to victimization, identify the common reactions seen in victims of trauma, comprehend what consent looks like, understand intervention techniques, and learn how to implement the steps to safe intervention.
Bullying/ Cyberbullying is a 1-hour presentation designed for students grades 5-12. Students will learn the definition, characteristics, and types of bullying, understand what it means to be an active or passive bystander in bullying scenarios, recognize what drives people to bully others, identify the impacts of bullying on the target and the bully, realize the correlation between bullying and suicide, and learn how to prevent it. Students will also receive information and resources for victims of bullying.
Healthy Relationships educates students on the prevalence of dating violence within their age group. Students will identify the characteristics of healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships through interactive scenarios, learn effective communication and boundaries within dating relationships, recognize how perpetrators of violence use different tactics to gain power and control, comprehend why victims stay in abusive relationships, learn how they can help a friend and relevant resources.
Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention provides participants with the skills to understand, recognize, and prevent sexual assault. Participants will be able to define and understand the scope of sexual assault, gain knowledge on how our culture contributes to victimization, identify the common reactions seen in victims of trauma, define the steps to healing for primary and secondary victims, recognize the warning signs of sexual abuse across different age groups, and how to prevent sexual violence.
Stalking is a 1- hour presentation designed for high school students and adults. Participants will learn the legal definition of stalking and cyber stalking, understand the common reactions that victims of stalking face, behaviors and characteristics that perpetrators of stalking portray, methods used to acquire personal information, the different motivations behind stalking behaviors, and what to do if you are a victim.
Sexual Harassment trains students and people in the workforce on setting personal and professional boundaries, recognizing the different forms of harassment and understanding its effects & consequences. Participants will learn the difference between flirting and harassment, who is held responsible and the barriers to reporting for many victims.
The Victim Service Center of Central Florida, Inc. does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and termination of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, vendors, and clients.