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don't know the stats for the schools and 80% do not report. there needs more report from the community city wide response around sexual assault. >> thank you so much and i appreciate you being here and thank you for your comments and feedback on how to strengthen the curriculum and programming in the schools. >> supervisor kim. >> i'm sorry. supervisor campos has a question. >> [inaudible] thank you. hi. thank you so much for the inkrrvel incredible work that you do. how many schools have you presented to? >> i would say the high schools are where we concentrate our work and most of the high schools we have been in since i have been there except lowell high school and we focus our efforts because we're three folks and have a contracted person as well within the
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neighborhoods i mentioned and usually one or two middle schools per academic year. >> okay. great. thank you very much. i appreciate it. >> thank you. i wanted to call up professor and others. >> i am with the lead educator in the project survive program and proud to stand with the sisters against rape and we work with them and sf program and we started 20 years ago. we offer workshops through peer educators. over the 20 years we have served 80,000 students through 4,000 work shops. in addition to the standard workshop we offer bilingual workshops in english with spanish, cantonese and mandarin so i read the thousands of evaluations that we get from the workshops and in the early years what i read over and over and
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over again from our students at city college was go to the high schools. okay. it took some time. we went to the community based organizations which are the heart of this program and we said we need to work together. we need to serve all of the high schools. to answer the question respect respect is in all of the schools and the peer educators and michelle will talk about that and go two days and one of these groups do a third follow up day. i want to spend -- i want to give the -- [inaudible] most of the time because what they do there is phenomenal. how can you help? make sure programs at city college aren't cut. that was a freudian slip wasn't it. keep city college up and accredited and here is michelle. >> okay. so basically
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educator of respect respect and [inaudible] of four years now and i want to bring the perspective of our students, their voices to this experience right now. basically our peer educators go into the classrooms ready to take a part misinformation our youth are exposed to prior to the presentations with the perspective of patience and respect. for example, a personal classroom i have been in i had a youth ask me in class "when is the right time to have sex in a relationship?" my response is of course when both people are actually ready but their response to that is "well, i heard from a celebrity in their book if you don't have sex after three date there is is something wrong with you" and after conversation i was able to convince that student they know themselves best and not someone in hollywood so these are things
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that our peer educators have to combat basically with love and patience. the last thing i want to end with is more of their yois voices. the direct effect how the two day presentation affects them immediately because we do evaluations right after so some of the quotes are "it was informal and provided a comfortable environment to express our feelings. i like the energy and focus of peer educators. they were respectful. it was very educatorral. i thought i was part of the lesson. i learned i was in an abusive relationship and i didn't take it seriously because i didn't know what it started and now i do. i feel validated that my rape wasn't my fault. if you continue to present to other people like what you did for our class i think further relationships would be better with that
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knowledge. [inaudible] the instructors were -- >> thank you. >> even though we were wrong sometimes we didn't feel embarrassed. i like they were clear and i actually learned something. i like sharing about these things. we usually don't talk about it and finally thank you for coming to our class. i am glad people like you are making a difference in our community." thank you. >> thank you. thank you for speaking and to professor simon as well. i impressed when i came to city college a few weeks ago. i will call up the next speakers. [calling speaker names] >> hello. my name is christian and let me start off by thanking for letting me speak today. i am the co-founder of [inaudible] a rape organization
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and to athletes that rape is not tolerated in our communities. i started this program a few years ago when i was 16 and in high school and at the time many cases for schools were on the media and athletes assaulted young women and broadcasted over the media. we don't feel that the repercussions meet the trauma on the victims and we applied for a grant from the board to fund our program and what we did with the program we went into our community, the student athletes and we lawrned our program and curriculum to teach the students we cannot allow this to happen in our community or any community we're apart of it and we went about this from several different angles and with the students we devised a curriculum explaining
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rape culture and the classifications of rape and what can we do to prevent it from happening to our loved ones and what is classified as rape and what most people don't understand what is classified by rape by definition and don't understand the concept of consent so we went over that so every student we connected understood what is going on in the relationships and what it took to build a healthy relationships in their life. next off we went about our annual consent is key day at the high school. we needed to get the approval of the principal and other staff at the high school. once we got the approval we took the news back to the team and the student academic team and we had the student athletes create posters in all different languages so that any student that walked into the halls understood that
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rape would not be tolerated in our campus so no one is left unattended to all of the athletes had a chance to participate in the rape awareness day. we spread the message and handed out fliers with contacts to sf war, hol line for rape victims and any other resources that the victims may need and finally to reach the students outside of the burton high school after every football game the players sat down in the middle of the field to hear the mission statements and hand out brasments like this here and have the logo and the name on them so they are reminded what cause they're standing with and anyone that saw the brace -- >> >> bracelets would know what they're standing for and everyone is touched indirectly
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by what we stand for. >> thank you so much. [applause] >> i just want to appreciate that the commission recommended that you present today to our office and i really, really appreciate the initiative that young people are taking in the schools as well. i want to offer an opportunity to your fellow colleagues to introduce themselves and maybe say something as well. >> i am tony granberry and a junior and with this program i help with christian and others here. this program is a great program because me as a athlete coming into the program i didn't know about it and for him to give me the information about it and why this topic is so serious in the nation and join the cause is great and i feel like for us to get it in the school system and for the kids at our schools to get involved is great and carry the message on throughout life and the people that come
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before them. >> hello. thank you. my name is fauma and i these two sum everything up. i am the prevention service coordinator at the high school for the ymca and my main message to the boys specifically athletes and male privilege and understanding your responsibility in this society to protect women and we have stanford cases and penn state cases and stiewbenville cases and all going against the women and it's of like we put the boys out but we have to train them and we need a better name for the male athletes. we need to do something as males rather than throwing it on the women and thank you guys and jane kim and commissioner fewer and if you need anything let us know. >> thank you for your work and we look forward to working with
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you and supporting you. [applause] >> [calling speaker names] >> i am shanea brown and the public associate for the california coalition against sexual assault and we serve the programs that represent all counties in california. california rape crisis centers serves over 30,000 victims in 2014 and we oversee a national project sponsored by the centers for disease control. we provide web conferences, training and online resources and programs on sexual assault and domestic violence throughout the country. rape crisis centers are the community based organizations that provide crisis intervention services to victims ranging from accompaniment and friends during
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examinations and support groups and legal advocacy and we are the vital partner providing training to schools and law enforcement and others and prevention needs to start with without. over 25% of victims experience the first rape between 11 and 18 and one in eight experiencelet first rape 10 or younger. with sexual violence and victimization and this behavior is common in middle schools and prevention efforts need to start early and matters for the healthy development of children and youth and will shape an adolescent and the individual's life and necessary education start before high school or college. by beginning prevention early we can shape the beliefs and attitudes and behaviors that they never prerp trait sexual violence. we believe it should be comprehensive and layered and throughout the student's
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career. study shows that a simple one workshop isn't enough to create lasting change and prevent sexual violence and it's not limited to classroom teaching but integrated into school policies and response protocols and trainings and parentses. this can create laster cultural and climate change for the learning environment of each student. a consent standard was adopted for colleges and the notion of affirmative consent moves the responsibility from the victim to the accused and dubbed yes means yes and it's not the absence of resistance or the word "no" and both partners must have permission to engage in sexual activity. >> go ahead. your time is up but if you want to summarize the rest of your points. >> i think it's important you
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heard from sf war and part of our organization and we been providing services to the schools with the current programming. i think what you hit on is the funding component and that can help sustain the efforts and they're a community partner used by the city and the school district. >> since you represent the state wide coalition have you seen jurisdictions that do this well in california that we can model after? >> i would have to look into the prevention programming that is specific but it was cut by a million dollars in the last year in california so many programs have cut staff and have limited the number of presentations they're giving in middle schools and high schools so i think we will see ramifications over that during the next funding cycle which is three years. >> thank you so much. thank you for being here today. >> thank you. >> we have the legal outreach staff and then i will call stephanie nyugen from the status
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of women after. >> thank you supervisor kim for having us here. i am a staff attorney at api, asian pacific islander outreach and work with the domestic violence violence outreach project in san francisco. provide providing legal services we provide education as well as benefits in immigration and advocacy. a lot of my clients are mono lingual and a lot of the challenges coming forward and telling their stories it's not that calling a rape outline hot line or shelter that's the last resort. even communicating with the police and a domestic violence incident occurred and having the idea to call the police there is a huge barrier with the cultural hindrances as well as the language barrier and a separate
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issue we're addressing at this time. in terms of the youth that we work with it's important for them that they don't necessarily turn to adult figures or authorities and have them be peer advocates for one another and the person that leads our youth advisory council has done work with students who are leaders at the san francisco high school so i would like to turn to denise. >> good afternoon. i am the youth outreach coordinator for asian pacific islander and the primary duty of coordinating these services we are a non-profit community based agency that provide services to the asian pacific islander and other communities in the bay area for the last 40 years. the advisory committee which i supervisor is from our legal work and youth leaders from the
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area do work around teen dating and sexual abuse and using a model we conduct training for other youths and youth serving organizations that define teen violence and the different forms including sexual abuse, understanding cycle of balance and different options and resources available for survive offers -- survivors and we lead discussions in the community and all other youth and lgbt or other undocumented teens may experience these issues and we have not taken an official position on the existing health education curriculum i have compiled the recommendations from the anecdotal evaluation from the youth leaders and what we believe that a successful curriculum program should address and review time frame
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minimums and in high school they're not required to take a health class and one of of the leaders is a junior and not have taken it and students go through years of high school before understanding of consent and healthy relationships and we would like to recommend they include rights and protections for any student experiencing these things. i heard sexual harassment is an issue in high schools and teachers harassing students and making inappropriate comments to them and students may know how to report the behavior but don't because they don't think they will be taken seriously and make the rights under title nine as well as the disciplinary process for [inaudible]. our peer to peer model shows the -- since we have found that youth are mostly
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tell others about this we believe they should be armed with options to protect themselves and others. [inaudible] students are empowered and safe enough to report the incidents when they occur. thank you for working on this critical issue today. >> thank you. i just apologize. i didn't realize that the department of status of woman was presenting and even though it's public comment. stephanie nyugen and followed by melissa and kate from futures without violence. >> thank you. good afternoon. i am representing the department on the status of women. as a woman's policy advocate i would like to say it's heartening to join us with our partners to hear all of the steps that san francisco is taken to make sure that young people are supported
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in navigating the first relationships especially given how widespread he's issues are. >> >> these issues are. (paused) . youth risk behavior survey found 10% of students experience violence and 20% for les bee gay or transsexual students and up to 30% for transgender students and it is clear from all of the data the need for the work exists. schools have a duty to provide a safe learning
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environment for all to learn and grow and play a key role in changing the attitudes and changing this and while there are gaps how this is delivered san francisco is so proactive to ensure there are policies in place to recognize and respond to incidents of teen dating violence and has age curriculum beginning in elementary school. and san francisco has community based organizations and programs that work in schools to provide support to students, many of whom feel more comfortable disclosing incidents of abuse and teen dating violence and sexual assault to community partners. furthermore san francisco even signed on to senate bill 592 the healthy
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relationship and safe schools act if passed would ensure that other districts in california are able to provide guidance to administrators and students alike and promote healthier relationships in school. i would like to thank you for your time and effort and inclusion in this needed work and look forward to san francisco continuing this dialogue in the future. thank you. >> thank you and we recognize that much of the important funding for many of the organizations here today come from this department. i want to thank you for the work on that making that work possible. i will call the next speakers and call the rest of the cards. [calling speaker names] . >> hello. my name is marisa and i am the childrens program manager for the riley center and work with survivors of domestic violence and their children. thank you all for having us here today. we're are grateful to
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be part of this conversation as this is very important for us. in our shelter we run a weekly support group for our children and an issue that we talk about is healthy relationships and setting boundaries with children and for children to know how to set boundaries for themselves and also respect boundaries and for us why it's so important to be part of the curriculum in school is because we want to ensure that all the skills and the different things we're teaching the children and the youth are supported outside of the shelter so when they're using the skills with us they use them with classmates who also have the language and the capacity to do the same thing with them and for us it's important to be a trauma informed approach because we work with children who have experienced domestic violence, who experience sexual assault, who have experienced physical
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violence so that's one reason this issue is very important to us and i have my colleague with me who will be speaking in a moment and i want to speak to the response that we get from the children that we work with and children and youth and we work with kids -- we use age appropriate services and from 0-17 and do healthy education with the six and older group and the response that we get is some children say -- this is the first time that others feel the way i do and been through what i have been through and really wanted -- a big question is how do i start a healthy relationship and maintain it but how do i begin it in the first place? >> thank you. >> hello. i am a childrens case manager for the center for both the emergency shelter and transitional shelter at [inaudible] and to reiterate what marisa said a lot of the
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children that come to the group this is the first time they feel safe to express anything. they witnessed violence and it's something that normalized to them and from what we hear we know there's a lot of talk about bullying and stuff, but some of them don't identify this as bullying as normally would call for the younger children but the teensz don't see it as sexual assault and that sounds extreme they never identify it and never seen it. similar to the families that we have here many of the adults don't identify with domestic violence so i could only imagine why so many cases go unreported with sexual assault as well. it is something that is often stigmaized and don't want to be identified as a victim because of the shame attached so just to summarize we are happy to be part of that conversation and move forward and be able to
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support our communities. thank you. >> thank you so much. next speaker. just come up. okay. >> hi. hello. my name is kate -- [inaudible] -- >> you can raise the mic. >> futures without violence is a national violence prevention agency that does work around healthy relationships, sexual assault and dating violence as well as domestic violence. i want to say thank you to all my colleagues that work at local san francisco community based organizations for all their amazing work they're doing. i will be brief and wanted to say and announce we're doing a learning institute this summer for schools in the bay area to come together with amazing community based organizations like those doing amazing work
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around bullying, socialize laigz and dating violence that are related and i want under score what my colleagues said and sexual assault doesn't happen with youth in a vacuum. it's totally connected with bullying and dating violence and community violence and within a culture that supports unhealthy masculinity and homophobia and racism so i am excited to hear other folks are taking what on as part of the solution and thank you for the dialogue and i am happy to be here with you today. >> thank you so much. next speakers. >> hello. good afternoon. my name is helen sang and i am currently a senior at lowell high school, a peer leader from young asian women against violence and a program
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community center. before joining this program i had no idea what rape culture was and what affirmative consent is so i have to say that from what i remember in middle school and high school sucks in health education. topics related like this were never mentioned. i remember always being taught how to protect myself and also being taught how to help my partner put on a condom before having sex and i feel because of these focus -- these issues and a lot of female students feel victimized and at fault. it was mentioned earlier that most calls to the confidential hot line are made by adults and i believe one of the reasons that the current health curriculum focuses on too much of accepting rape culture instead of fixing these issues in society. instead of teaching our youth not to get raped why
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not teach them not to rape and hurt others and i suggest we should focus on targeting the root issues of sexual harassment and teach them about these issues as early as possible. i first learned about sex in fourth grade and i believe that students should be able to learn about these issues right from the start. thank you. >> thank you so much for being here. [applause] >> my name is sally and a sophomore and high school and a peer leader from young asian women against violence and i am not happy with the curriculum of health class and it's very academic like an english or math class. i feel like i took it
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just because i wanted to keep my grade up in the class i learned about things i am able to get out of a science or pe textbook and instead of just learning about putting on condoms, production organs or the process why don't we learn more about more issues and consent because i think it's very important to actually know about the difference between sex and sexual assault and health class just shouldn't be about physical health and should be also about mental health. [applause] >> thank you. is there any other members of the public that would like to speak on this item? >> hi. i am jamal perkins and first i want to say in looking at the audience i have been doing this work for 35 years in domestic