Flip the Script
Did you know that one in five young women will experience sexual assault while at university? And one in three women over the age of 15 will experience physical violence from a partner, ex-partner, family member or someone known to them.
Let’s flip the script for women. In this evidence-based program, you’ll learn to trust yourself and overcome the social pressures to be “nice”. We’ll provide you with the skills, knowledge and tools you need to protect yourself against sexual assault and attacks on your sexual values.
Flip the Script, which was developed by Professor Charlene Senn at the University of Windsor in Ontario, is currently the only program available that’s been evaluated in a clinical trial and shown to significantly reduce the incidence of rape and other forms of sexual assault. It’s one critical piece of our comprehensive strategy to prevent rape and other forms of sexual violence on our campuses.
For information on the curriculum and its research, visit the SARECentre website.
- Saturday 1 May, 10am–5pm
- Saturday 8 May, 10am–5pm
If the dates and timings for Sessions scheduled don't suit your availability, you can fill in an expression of interest to be one of the first women notified when we schedule more sessions in 2021.
How does it work?
The Flip the Script™ program is based on the 12-hour sexual assault resistance education program known as the Enhanced Assess Act Acknowledge (EAAA) curriculum, created by Dr. Charlene Senn at the University of Windsor. It has four sections, which are each three hours in length:
- ASSESS – IDENTIFYING RISK CUES FOR SEXUAL VIOLENCE
With Assess, we begin by examining risk factors for sexual violence and cues that we might read, from the environment or from someone else’s behaviour, that indicate increased risk. We will explore ways that we can be attuned to risk without compromising our sense of freedom.
- ACKNOWLEDGE – I HAVE THE RIGHT TO KEEP MYSELF SAFE
Acknowledge is about identifying the barriers that make it difficult for us to resist when someone is being coercive. While most of us feel we have the right to fight back if a stranger were to attack us, it can be a lot harder, on an emotional level, to fight back when the person who is being coercive is someone we know. This section of the program will help you identify and overcome these barriers while being mindful of your broader social and emotional goals.
- ACT – DEFENDING YOUR RIGHT TO PERSONAL SAFETY
Act will provide you with a range of verbal and physical strategies for keeping yourself safe if someone tries to hurt you. We will teach your strategies that are evidence-based and tailored to women’s experiences. Our goal is to give you as many options as possible for resisting, so you can choose the ones that feel right to you.
- ENHANCE – YOUR RELATIONSHIPS AND SEXUALITY
This section of the program is about examining our own personal desires and boundaries and empowering us to express them in our personal relationships. We know that when women have had the opportunity to contemplate their sexual preferences, they are in a better position to quickly recognize sexually coercive behaviour that doesn’t reflect their choices.
Why is it called Flip the Script?
Growing up, girls are often taught to believe that they are responsible for preventing an assault. They are taught to fear stranger assault and to keep themselves safe by monitoring where they go, what they do, and what they wear. Girls are also taught that if they are assaulted, it’s probably their fault. At the same time, girls are also taught to believe they aren’t strong enough to fight back.
We know that all of this is wrong.
Girls and women are not to blame when someone else makes the decision to hurt and coerce them into sexual contact that they do not want. Further, it doesn’t matter where women go, what they do, or what they wear – this doesn’t protect them; it just restricts their freedom. And sadly, women are not taught that the men who are most likely to hurt them are men they know – this isn’t to say that every man they know wants to hurt them, just that the men who are most likely to aren’t strangers to them.
We know that women who fight back have a far greater chance of escaping an assault compared to women who don’t – and the more resistance strategies a woman uses, the more likely she is to escape.
We believe that the traditional stereotypes that girls and women are socialised to believe are harmful. We believe it is never your fault for being assaulted and that women have the right to resist. We also believe that women have the strength to resist. So we want to flip the script.