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SARSSM Visits With Shapleigh 8th Graders

posted Jan 12, 2016, 7:33 AM by Seth Cole
Representatives from Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine (SARSSM) visited the Shapleigh School on Tuesday, January 11 to speak with all eighth graders. SARSSM's eighth-grade program builds awareness for the issue of sexual assault, and uses this as a foundation for teaching communication and respect within relationships. Students were engaged in discussion of short scenarios, helping to solidify what healthy consent looks like versus unhealthy coercive behavior. Students also understood how power can influence relationships, and how peers can be helpful or harmful bystanders. 

Later this month, SARSSM will speak with Shapleigh sixth graders about gender stereotypes (often at the root of sexual harassment), and seventh graders about the differences between healthy flirting behavior and sexual harassment.

To learn more about SARSSM, visit