Prevention and Education

Primary Prevention Programs

Primary prevention programs are series designed to move beyond awareness and education by focusing on skill building, as well as changing attitudes beliefs, and behaviors in order to prevent sexual harassment, abuse, assault, and other forms of violence. Primary prevention programs are designed to prevent sexual violence before it occurs by focusing on conditions that reduce violence. Primary prevention programs are comprehensive, developmentally appropriate, and occur over a period of time as a series. To learn more about the primary prevention programs see the program descriptions below.

Program List:

For Children (under 18):

  • Bigs and Littles: Sisters and Brothers
  • Girl Power!
  • Care for Kids
  • We Care Elementary
  • SAFE-T
  • Boss of My Body
  • Safe Dates
  • Safe Dates Abridged

For Adults:

  • Parents in the Know
  • Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
  • Relationships and Boundaries Series

Education Awareness Programs

Education awareness programs are one-time presentations designed to raise awareness about sexual violence and other related topics. The presentations also provide information about SAPCC services. Presentations can be adapted to meet the needs of the organization, business, school, or community group’s target audience. To learn more about the education awareness programs see the program descriptions below.

Fees for both primary prevention and education awareness programs vary and are offered on a sliding scale.

Education Awareness Presentations:

  • Sexual Violence 101
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Consent
  • Bystander Intervention
  • Sexual Assault and Drugs/Alcohol
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Nurturing Positive Sexual Development
  • Trauma 101

  • Trauma- Informed Classrooms
  • Sexual Violence in the Media
  • Intersections of Oppression and Sexual Assault
  • LGBTQ+ and Sexual Violence
  • Self-Care
  • Vicarious Trauma
  • Human Trafficking
  • SAPCC Services
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences: Impact on Health
For target audience and more information check out these Program Descriptions:

Mandated Reporter Training

Act 31 requires all employees licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of State to take a 2 to 3 hour training on Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse every 2 years.

Act 126, the Pennsylvania Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Training mandates that all school entities and independent contractors who have direct contact with children a minimum of 3 hours of training every five years on child abuse, recognition, and reporting.

The training meets both Act 31 and Act 126 requirements. The workshop defines forms of abuse, identifies the role of a mandator, and outlines the reporting process for the state of Pennsylvania. The live training provides opportunities for questions and guidance that pre-recorded Mandated Reporter trainings do not.

Mobilize Through Movies

A Social Justice Film + Discussion Series

Mobilize Through Movies is a monthly series hosted by YWCA Lancaster that focuses on social justice related films, series, and videos. Events will be taking place virtually on Zoom. For more information check out our Facebook page.

This August we will be discussing the Netflix documentary Crip Camp. The film follows the activism and community within a group of disabled youth fighting for disability rights and justice.
This event’s panelists include:
  • Maureen Westcott, Executive Director of The Arc Lancaster Lebanon, where she works on issues affecting families and people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
  • Jennifer Weise, disability rights advocate.
Can’t make it?
Join us for future discussions every second Tuesday of the month.
Other information:.
– For any questions or concerns, please contact Danielle Perez at dperez@ywcalancaster.org or at (717)-945-7302.
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Can’t make it? Join us for future discussions every second Tuesday of the month.

For any questions or concerns, please contact Danielle Perez at dperez@ywcalancaster.org or at (717)-945-7302.

40 Hour SAPCC Class - Advocate Training:

The Sexual Assault Hotline is operated by trained staff and volunteers. Callers may utilize the hotline for several reasons, including, but not limited to: crisis intervention services, questions about resources and referrals related to sexual violence; inquiries about counselling; and requests to provide medical advocacy at local hospitals. The phone number for the Sexual Assault Hotline is (717) 392-7273.

The training meets the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape’s standards for Rape Crisis Centers. Participants who complete the training are eligible to volunteer or work at any center throughout the state. The course work includes material related to: history and philosophy, local center information, values, anti-oppression, counseling issues, sexual assault issues, ethics, confidentiality, medical system, legal system, advocacy, and local resources for information and referrals.

This program is intended for individuals interested in volunteering on the 24/7 Rape Crisis Hotline or working at the Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Center or at another Pennsylvania Rape Crisis Center. SAPCC volunteers answer the hotline remotely from home.

The training consists of 40 hours- 20 hours of online content are completed at your own pace and 20 hours of instruction are completed live. Course is offered at minimum twice a year (Spring and Fall).

Upcoming Training Dates:

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
May 3rd- May 26th
Time: 6-8:15 PM (6-9 on May 14th)
Location: Zoom

For questions and registration, contact Danielle H.: wehearyou@ywcalancaster.org