Sexual violence is a subject many shy away from because it can be difficult to talk about.
60% of Rape cases in Savannah last year involved females between 15 and 28 years old.
The abusers were around the same age.
Here’s what the rape crisis center is doing to help young men understand the importance and value of healthy relationships.
Young at heart with plenty to learn the Rape Crisis Center is ready to kick off its second Male Role Call class.
The program teaches teen boys about healthy relationships, encourage bystander intervention, and warns about the pitfalls of peer pressure in high school and college.
“As well as give them information relative to consent rape and sexual assault laws, pitfalls of social media.”
“Like how you have to be very careful on the internet because certain people aren’t what they seem.”
Kelvin Green a rising senior at Jenkins High opened up to me about what he learned in the first Male Role Call Class.
For one- watch your back at parties.
“It’s not easy to avoid the parties because you gonna get temptations to go to the parties. it’s the problem of knowing who to trust.”
Executive Director Kesha Gibson-Carter says a primary goal is ending sexual violence against women.
“While we are not cloning this as a scared straight program we are really serious about sharing information and knowledge to these young boys and men. So this is just a starting base that parents can use to begin that dialogue with their sons.”
Kelvin is ready for the new male role call class calling the first knowledge for power.
“What I took from it was a lot of things I would have never thought of on my own.
So it’s teaching me new things, and I want to go back because it’s exciting.
The second annual Male Role Call will be hosted by the Rape Crisis Center on Thursday July 16th from 9:00 to 1:00 pm at the United Way of the Coastal Empire at 428 Bull Street.
Teens ages 13 to 18 can sign up by calling this number
Presenters will included detectives of the Special Victims Unit,
the District Attorney’s Office, and the Health Department.