Prevention, Awareness and Education

Shelterhouse offers many prevention programs for all ages. We believe that prevention is a key component of comprehensive care. Below are a few of the prevention programs facilitated by Shelterhouse.

Safe Dates
Safe Dates is an evidence-based curriculum that prevents dating abuse. Safe Dates has been proven to be effective with both boys and girls and addresses perpetrators of violence as well as victims. It works as both a prevention and intervention tool, with case studies and activities that are relevant for teens who have not started dating as well as those who have been “going out” for a long time.

This program helps teens recognize the difference between caring, supportive relationships and controlling, manipulative, or abusive dating relationships. Safe Dates was designated as a Model Program by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In 2006, Safe Dates was selected for the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP), receiving high ratings on all criteria.

Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run (GOTR) is an international 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1996 by former educator, counselor and Ironman triathlete, Molly Barker is a physical activity-based positive youth development program. Girls on the Run combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with healthy living education The program contains all the elements necessary of a positive youth development framework including an intentional curriculum, instructor training to ensure fidelity, a caring climate, and supportive relationships. Our programs instill self-esteem through health education, life skills development, mentoring relationships, and physical training – all of which are accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff, and the community.

Since its founding, GOTR continues to grow, employing running and other physical activities as a medium for teaching essential life skills and core values for living an emotionally healthy and physically active lifestyle. In the seven years that GOTR has been operating in Midland and Gladwin Counties over 1600 girls have participated in this empowering and enriching program. Of particular note, the spring GOTR session has flourished enormously, growing from 52 participants in its infancy to more than 16 teams and 250 participants in the spring of 2014.

For more information go to the Girls on the Run Facebook page www.facebook.com/GOTRMidland

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)
DVAM occurs every October and Shelterhouse hosts a number of events to raise awareness about Domestic Violence. Please stop by Shelterhouse anytime during the month of October to pick up your purple ribbons to show your support to the survivors of domestic violence. Please see the calendar of events for more information about DVAM.

LunaFest
LUNA, the makers of a nutrition bar for women, provides national exposure for emerging female film makers, through LUNAFEST. LUNAFEST promotes women filmmakers, raises awareness for women’s issues, and supports worthy women’s nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada. 100 percent of all proceeds are donated to charity – 15 percent to the Breast Cancer Fund and the remaining 85 percent of proceeds go directly back to hosting community organizations.

LUNAFEST has a legacy of featuring notable and up-and-coming women filmmakers. From accomplished filmmakers and aspiring indie starts, to amateur filmmakers and film students, LUNAFEST looks at films from around the globe. The selected films will be shown at over 150 venues and viewed by more than 20,000 people in communities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Survivors Speak
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

This event celebrates the courage of survivors of domestic and sexual violence and our community’s work on their behalf. Several local individuals will tell their stories of overcoming violence in their intimate relationships.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)
Every April Shelterhouse takes part in Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Throughout the entire month, there are awareness events and activities to raise awareness about sexual violence. Show your support of survivors of sexual violence by wearing a teal ribbon during the month of April. Please see the calendar of events for more information about SAAM.

Denim Day
Wearing jeans during Sexual Assault Awareness Month became an international symbol of protest after a court decision in 1998. The Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore tight jeans. The justices reasoned that the victim must have helped her attacker remove her jeans, which they felt implied consent.

Outraged by the verdict, the women in the Italian Parliament began what started out as a protest against the court case by wearing jeans to work. It began an annual international demonstration known as Denim Day. The wearing of jeans became an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.

On Denim Day community members, businesses and students are asked to wear jeans as a visible means of protest against the myths that surround sexual assault. Denim Day provides an opportunity to unite against the sexual assault of girls, women, boys and men.