Flip the Script

The Enhanced Assess Acknowledge Act (EAAA) program, or ‘Flip the Script’ is designed to empower women in all their diversity to resist acquaintance sexual assault and to trust their judgment when their sexual safety is threatened.

About the program

In Australia, a woman is sexually assaulted every 3 minutes. It’s estimated that a woman in Australia is raped every 17 minutes (ABS Personal Safety 2016). 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. This is all 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 (Senn et al., 2015). It's one critical piece of a comprehensive strategy to address the high incidence of rape and other forms of sexual violence on our campuses.

The 12-hour course touches briefly on best feminist practices for self-defense. 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 (larger) 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."

How to register

Audience: Women up to the age of 24 years enrolled at La Trobe University
Duration: 12 hours (delivered in 3 hour sessions)
Capacity: 20 women per program
Cost: FREE (including catering)

Location: Bundoora campus (register your interest to attend the program at the Bendigo campus by emailing safercommunity@latrobe.edu.au.

Register for April program:

  • Monday 12 April, 6:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • Wednesday 14 April, 6:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • Monday 19 April, 6:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • Wednesday 21 April, 6:30 pm–9:30 pm.

Register for May program:

  • Saturday 1 May, 9:30 am–4.00 pm
  • Saturday 8 May, 9:30 am–4.00 pm.

Registrations close strictly one week prior to the first program date.

If you are above the age of 24 years and interested in the program or have any questions. Please enquire with our team by emailing safercommunity@latrobe.edu.au.