Unit 8: Sexual Assault
Time Required: 2.5 hours
This unit discusses sexual assault and includes examples of both physical and nonphysical force. Physical force includes using a weapon, hitting, kicking, choking, or holding someone down. Nonphysical force or "coercion" includes verbally threatening a victim into doing something he or she doesn't want to do. Although most reported cases involve women as victims, men also are sexually assaulted.
Units 3 through 12 cover the 10 core crime areas and use varied learning strategies to convey material. Each of these units includes the following sections:
- What Is ...? This section covers a particular crime and provides definitions of relevant Words To Know.
- In the News: Crime Trends asks participants to examine crime statistics and talk about any they find surprising.
- Examples of .... This section provides case studies of crime victims and asks participants to consider, through either discussion or writing exercises, how they would feel if they or one of their family members was a victim of this crime.
- What's the Impact of ...? This section asks participants to consider the ripple effect of crime in four areas of impact: financial, physical, emotional, and religious/spiritual.
- Listen and Learn. Participants watch a DVD clip that illustrates the impact of a crime on the victim and then discuss it as a group.
- Being Accountable for Your Crimes. Participants read sample accountability statements, then discuss and write their own.
- Guest victim speaker.
In addition to these sections, each unit includes optional exercises, if time permits.
Unit 8 Additional Exercises
- “Mike/Sandra” Sexual Assault Scenario
- “Susan” Writing Exercise
- “Mrs. Johnson” Scenario (participants answer questions about the effects of sexual assault on an older victim)
- “Andre” (participants answer questions about the effects of sexual assault on a male victim)
- Define sexual assault.
- Provide examples of sexual assault.
- Describe current trends for sexual assault crimes.
- Explain the impact of sexual assault on victims.
- Have participants discuss their thoughts and feelings about being held accountable for sexual assault crimes.
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