Throughout the month of June DVRC partnered with local school districts to provide prevention education concerning date and acquaintance rape. Over the span of several weeks, DVRC staff spent several hours each with over 200 high school students in Ballston Spa and South Glens Falls to present the ‘Rape or Regret’ program. The program, produced by the Ballston Area Community Allies, presents in a very realistic way, how teenage sexual assault can happen. Viewers hear testimony of Tonya (the complainant), Ryan (the defendant), their attorneys, and many witnesses as the case unfolds. Following the showing, DVRC staff work with the viewers to help them better understand sexual assault and learn some prevention strategies. Feedback from recent viewers: “it was very realistic” and “I liked how it took a situation that could very easily happen to kids our age and showed a very real consequence”.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, 44% of sexual assaults happen to women under the age of 18, 80% occur when a woman is under the age of 30, and ages 12 -34 are at the highest risk.
Rape or Regret is a program offered by DVRC to groups in the Saratoga County Community. If you are interested in learning more, or potentially hosting a showing and discussion, please contact us at 518-583-0280.
Click below to view a preview of the film.