The Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act (EAAA) program, or ‘Flip the Script’, is designed to empower self-identified women to resist acquaintance sexual assault and to trust their judgment when their sexual safety is threatened.
One in five young women will experience attempted or completed rape while in university. Sexual assaults are most commonly perpetrated by someone women know and trust, and most occur in social situations that people do not consider dangerous.
The Flip the Script program, developed by Professor Charlene Senn at the University of Windsor in Canada, is based on theory, research evidence, and best practices for helping women resist acquaintance sexual assault.
Flip the Script is currently the only program available to have been evaluated in a clinical trial and shown to significantly reduce the incidence of rape and other forms of sexual assault for at least one year. It’s one critical piece of a comprehensive strategy to address the high incidence of rape and other forms of sexual harm on our campuses.
What you’ll learn
The 12-hour course touches briefly on best feminist practices for self-defence, how to negotiate the things that women want or need in a sexual scenario, and challenges rape myths whilst framing agency and freedom from violence as a right that women can claim.
Women who participate in the program can expect to learn:
- That they are at greatest risk of sexual assault from men they know, not from strangers
- To improve their capacity to detect risk in men’s behaviour and in the environment
- Help overcome the emotional and social barriers to acknowledging these risks
- Debunk rape myths and woman-blaming
- Challenge the belief that women cannot successfully defend themselves against a male perpetrator
- The most effective tools for resisting sexual coercion and sexual assault
- That sexual violence is always the fault of the perpetrator and never the fault of the survivor
“The program was recommended to me by a friend in my halls of residence and I would certainly recommend it myself. Having experienced sexual harassment, I was worried the session would be too confronting. However, the facilitators handled the difficult subject matter perfectly, meaning I was able to engage with the sessions and leave them feeling empowered. I am so grateful for this program, allowing women to appreciate their strength and feel more confident in their safety.”
Audience: Women-identifying students up to the age of 24 years*
Duration: 12 hours (delivered in 4 x 3-hour sessions)
Capacity: 20 women per program
Cost: Free (includes catering)
Location: Bundoora campus (register your interest to attend the program at the Bendigo campus by emailing email@example.com)
Register online: www.latrobe.edu.au/flipthescript
*If you are above the age of 24 years and interested in the program please make contact with our team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org