SASSMM offers training to community members who are interested in becoming advocates on our 24-hour support line. The training is also open to individuals looking for information about sexual violence who may not be able to commit to becoming an advocate. Support line advocate training covers topics such as childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault and rape trauma syndrome, the medical and legal processes and advocacy skills to name a few. This training opportunity is provided multiple times throughout the year at various locations in SASSMM’s service area.
Safe Space training at Bowdoin College
Bowdoin College students participating in SAFE SPACE, an on-campus sexual assault prevention and awareness group, go through a 30-hour training facilitated by SASSMM. Residential Life staff at Bowdoin College also take part in the training.
SASSMM has worked with the Learning Center to conduct classes on personal safety, risk reduction, and assertiveness training. The Learning Center, a project of the Independence Association, is a volunteer-based program that provides opportunities for learning, growth, and self-fulfillment to individuals with disabilities through classes, activities, mentoring, and community integration.
Project Internet: Exploration and Safety
SASSMM offers this specialized workshop to help parents and other community members learn more about Internet Safety and how to use popular online websites and services. Information and resources are given for all types of internet users and include information for protecting children and adults while navigating the worldwide web. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Policy and Staff Development
SASSMM can offer resources in school policy development around sexual harassment and sexual violence and help to train school staff to recognize and handle these issues.
SASSMM can assist schools in developing prevention curriculums that reflect the Maine Department of Education’s “Learning Results”.
Peer Education Program
SASSMM delivers a team of trained, mixed-gender, young adult “Peer Educators” to schools to discuss sexual violence issues with students, using interactive theatre, role-playing, and other exercises. The Peer Educators have twice presented at the State Peer Helper Conference and have visited middle and high schools from Brunswick to Waldoboro. All of SASSMM’s in-school programs can be designed based on your needs, audience, and time frame.