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With our local jails and with adherence to PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) standards, our PREA Specialist provides support groups and one-on-one counseling to incarcerated individuals who identify as victims of sexual assault and/or domestic violence prior to their incarceration. Additionally, we provide confidential rape crisis services to incarcerated individuals who have been sexually assaulted while in jail.
In 2015, New York State signed in to law the Enough is Enough legislation, which required colleges and universities to take aggressive steps towards ending sexual assault on their campuses. In 2016, Safe Harbors created the College Specialist position to collaborate with area colleges and universities in both the prevention of sexual and interpersonal violence and the provision of resources to college survivors.
Our College Specialists works with five institutions: Keuka College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Finger Lakes Community College, Northeast College of Health Sciences, and Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing. On all of these campuses, the role of the College Specialist is two-fold; they facilitate and lead prevention and training sessions on topics such as bystander intervention, healthy relationships, and consent while also serving as a crisis advocate for students in the aftermath of a sexual assault or interpersonal violence.
Child Advocacy Specialist
Our Child Advocacy Specialists are co-located at the Child Advocacy Center of the Finger Lakes. They provide support and information to the children involved and the non-offending care giver(s). The Child Advocacy Center of the Finger Lakes brings a multidisciplinary team of professionals together, and provide a physical space where cases of child sexual and physical abuse are investigated, evaluated, and treated.
Our Anti-Trafficking Specialist works with individuals who have experienced labor or sex trafficking, both adults and minors. They assist with developing and conducting human trafficking and exploitation trainings and presentations in schools and the community. The Anti-Trafficking Specialist works with other service professionals to identify youth who are being trafficked, sexually exploited, or who are at risk of victimization.
The mission of Circle Groups is to promote resiliency in children and youth, families, adults, and communities by offering circle program models that create, restore, and sustain healthy relationships. One Circle Foundation recognizes that healthy relationships are the core element to a healthy individual, family, society, and world.
Girls Circle groups foster self-esteem, and help girls maintain authentic connections with peers and adult women in their community. A strengths-based, skill building approach creates a safe space for girls to address risky behaviors, build on protective factors, and improve relationships in a format that interests and engages girls. During this time, girls take turns talking and listening to each other about their concerns and interests. The girls can express themselves further through creative or focused activities, such as role playing, drama, journaling, poetry, and drawing.
The Boys Council meets a core developmental need in boys for strong, positive relationships. In this structured environment, boys and young men gain the vital opportunity to address masculine definitions and behaviors and build their capacities to find their innate value and create good lives, individually and collectively. The Council aims to promote boys’ natural strengths and to increase their options about being male in today’s world. The Council challenges myths about how to be a “real boy” or “real man”. It engages boys in activities, dialogue, and self-expression to question stereotypical concepts and to increase boys’ emotional, social, and cultural literacy by promoting valuable relationships with peers and adult facilitators.
Women's Circle allows women to share, explore, build skills, and encourage one another to live authentically in mind, body, heart, and spirit. When a woman’s strength is affirmed and strengthened in a caring circle, she will gain esteem, confidence and power to live according to her true values. By participating in meaningful, gender-relevant discussions and capacity building activities, women reinforce their vital roles within the community and society. Women grow through and toward relationships as they share diverse strengths and capabilities that shape their lives and their communities. Through discussions and creative arts activities, women address and build skills in the areas of relationships, self-care, clarifying purpose, goal setting, money, conflicts, skills in work and professional life, and more.
Love146 Not A #Number
SHFL is committed to educating youth who are at risk for child trafficking and exploitation about warning signs, dangers and what to do if they find themselves in that situation.
Not A #Number is an interactive, five-module prevention curriculum designed to teach youth how to protect themselves from human trafficking and exploitation through information, critical thinking, and skill development. Not A #Number uses a holistic approach focusing on respect, empathy, individual strengths, and the relationship between personal and societal pressures that create or increase vulnerabilities.
Effective prevention often starts by raising awareness of harmful stereotypes and attitudes that create vulnerabilities and keep youth from seeking help.
Through open conversations, engaging activities, the use of media, and opportunities for self-disclosure, participants will:
Raise their awareness of what constitutes human trafficking and exploitation.
Learn how to recognize recruitment tactics and understand vulnerabilities.
Challenge harmful stereotypes and societal attitudes.
Identify healthy support systems.
Develop skills to safely navigate potential and existing exploitative situations.
Learn how to access community resources when situations occur that increase their vulnerability (or if exploitation is already underway).
Where and How is it Taught
Not A #Number is relevant for many different communities and populations. It has been taught in schools, child welfare and juvenile justice agencies. The curriculum fits well into health education and life skills programs and more historical lessons that address modern violence and social movements. It can also be used in after-school programs alongside psycho-educational and therapeutic services.
Target Audience for Not A #Number
Youth ages 12-18
Youth of all genders including youth that identify as LGBTQ
Youth of all ethnicities and backgrounds
Youth with high risk indicators such as low socioeconomic status, history of abuse and/or neglect, exposure to violence, risky offline and online sexual behavior or history of alcohol/substance abuse among other factors
Youth at risk of trafficking or who have experienced trafficking.