Sexual Abuse Prevention

The Arc of Spokane’s Sexual Abuse Prevention program works to end sexual abuse of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) by educating disability professionals and youth with developmental disabilities about how to recognize abuse and correctly respond to it.

Prevention for young with i/dd

Our Prevention Educator provides the following activities and services:

Healthy Relationships Classes

Healthy Relationships is an 8-week sexual abuse prevention curriculum written specifically for students receiving special education services.  Offered in collaboration with local school transition programs, the course is designed to engage students with I/DD at various levels of understanding.  The class is offered free of charge.  

Pizza and a Movie

Each month students with I/DD ages 16 to 21 learn principles of Healthy Relationships in a positive social atmosphere, watching a movie and eating pizza with friends.

Raising Voices
This leadership development group is for youth with I/DD who want to advocate against sexual abuse.

To learn more about this program, contact Theresa Fears at (509) 328-6326 or tfears@arc-spokane.org


DISABILITY PROFESSIONALS TRAINING

Our Disability Professionals Trainer provides the following activities and services:

Sexual Assault Awareness, Identification, Response, and Reporting (SA-AIRR) Training

This a 5-hour state-certified training aims to prevent sexual assault among people with I/DD by helping for professionals in the field of disability services identify common indicators of sexual abuse and how to respond appropriately.

The Resource Guide

This easy-to-use guide catalogs hundreds of programs and services for people with I/DD here in the Spokane area.  Click the link below to download a free Resource Guide.

The Safety Rally

Our annual Safety Rally is a personal safety fair for students with I/DD.  Held in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) every April, the Safety Rally brings special education students from across the area together to learn about resources and how to stay safe in the community.