Flip the Script (EAAA) Program

Due to the current situation with COVID-19 the University has advised that all non-essential meetings and training are to be postponed. This means that unfortunately we are unable to run the Flip the Script Program on the dates we had initially planned. While alternative dates are to be confirmed, we encourage you to express your interest in participating in the program once we are able to run workshops again by emailing us at safercommunity@latrobe.edu.au

The Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act (EAAA) program, or ‘Flip the Script’, is designed to empower self-identifying women, including trans women and non-binary, 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, 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 (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-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 (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."

Audience: Women-identifying students up to the age of 24 years*
Duration: 12 hours (delivered in 3-hour sessions)
Capacity: 20 women per program
Cost: FREE

Snacks will be provided for all sessions.
Dinner will be supplied for night workshops, and lunch will be supplied for full day workshops

*If you are above the age of 24 years and interested in the program please make contact with our team by emailing safercommunity@latrobe.edu.au

Questions about the program? Contact the team at safercommunity@latrobe.edu.au