Family Services and Lindsay High School Students present PSA on sexual assault prevention
LINDSAY – No one is ever prepared for sexual harassment, and certainly not sexual assault. But we should all be ready to do our part to prevent it or at least intervene when we see it.
That was the message of the public service announcement created by Lindsay High School students. The project was organized by Family Services of Tulare County which facilitates innovative sexual violence prevention clubs at the high schools. The MyStrength Club empowers young men to help prevent sexual violence by focusing on the positive aspects of strength and masculinity. The MyVoice Club empowers young women to help prevent sexual and dating violence by nurturing self-esteem and promoting leadership.
Family Services’ youth leaders in Lindsay premiered their PSA on March 28 at Lindsay High School’s multipurpose room. Titled “Step Up, Step In,” the video encourages teens to intervene if they witness someone being targeted for sexual harassment or assault. Lindsay teens created the PSA based on real-life scenarios they have witnessed or experienced. The video identifies sexual assault is any unwanted sexual, physical, verbal, or visual act that forces someone to have sexual contact against his or her will. Sexual activity requires consent, which is defined as clear, unambiguous, and voluntary agreement between the participants to engage in specific sexual or nonsexual activity. Nonconsensual sex is rape. A person who is substantially impaired cannot give consent.
This project was made possible by the Tulare County Step Up Youth Activities Grant.
“We will always be a part of this community in some respects, but this is our final year at Lindsay doing this,” said Jennifer Noelani Boteilho, Program Manager for Family Services’ youth leadership program. “We have accomplished everything that we have wanted to here in Lindsay.”
Family Services is a nonprofit organization that helps more than 5,000 adults and children affected by violence in Tulare County each year. For 35 years, Family Services has provided services that build physical and emotional safety in homes, in relationships, and for children. In addition to prevention clubs for teenagers, Family Services operates Karen’s House, an emergency providing more than 50 units of supportive housing for survivors of domestic violence and homelessness, children’s counseling, parent education, and a Rape Crisis Center.