Help PAVE The Way: Preventing Sexual Assault in HS

PAVE brought together four courageous and outspoken survivors who were sexually assaulted in high school and bullied by classmates after their trauma. The convergence of these teen victims and their moms – several of whom have been featured on CNN, MSNBC, CBS and 48 Hours – provided tangible tips around the complex issue of prevention in schools, bullying, and helping teens heal. This uniting of these survivors was captured in the film Audrie and Daisy, now streaming on Netflix and PAVE is an official partner of the documentary film.

PAVE’s SafeBAE Educational Video Series explores consent, bystander intervention, myths and facts, how to respond to a friend who has been assaulted and student’s rights under Title IX – all from the perspective of 4 survivors of sexual assault in high school. Read about this educational series in the Huffington Post. It was piloted in Arlington County, VA in the Spring semester of 2016. CLICK HERE to learn more.

The series is available in 5 separate videos that can be used in a classroom curriculum or student group by faculty, administrators or direct service providers.  We also offer a facilitation guide and powerpoint for presenting.

Student feedback from our pilots:

“I learned a lot about sexual assault.  It was a very safe space and I know that I know way more now.  I wish I had learned about this earlier when my best friend told me what happened to her.  Thank you for doing this!” – Virginia high school student

Educator feedback:

“These are the most student relatable materials I have found!  Students need to hear these messages from other students and this video series is the perfect messenger.” – Illinois health educator

Analysis of Student Survey Data Executive Summary 

by Zoë D. Peterson, PhD Director of the Sexual Assault, Research, Education Program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis 

Based on my analyses of the pre- and post-testing of participants in PAVE’s SafeBAE program, the program resulted in statistically significant improvements in:

(1) knowledge about appropriate bystander behaviors

(2) knowledge about how to support a friend who has experienced sexual assault, and

(3) knowledge about the school’s responsibility in the case of reported sexual assault.

Additionally the program resulted in statistically significant reductions in acceptance of particular rape myths—namely, that most sexual assaults are committed by strangers and that most people who report sexual assaults are lying. Based on these preliminary data, I would conclude that the program was effective in promoting increased knowledge and positive attitude change. 

PAVE also offers the Consent Is campaign for high schools, which engages young men and women to be a part of the solution!