2018 National Sexual Assault Conference: Project DOT (Dream, Own, Tell): Impacting Community-Level Change Through Youth-Led Mobilization
The 2018 National Sexual Assault Conference, “Bold Moves: Ending Sexual Violence in One Generation,” was held in Anaheim, CA, August 29-31 2018. This workshop was part of the Prevention track, co-sponsored by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Learn more and access workshop materials here.
Project DOT (Dream, Own, Tell) is a community-responsive prevention curriculum that combines youth mobilization, youth leadership, and a media campaign to create community change. Saswati Sarkar, Mary Haviland, and Christina Ortiz from the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault share the Project DOT model and how to effectively implement sexual violence prevention programs that keep communities, especially communities at the margins, at the center. The presenters believe in taking a strengths-based approach that values the answers for prevention that communities and youth already have.
The Project DOT team shared more about their work on a recent PreventConnect web conference, “Re-Envisioning Community Norms: Social norms change as a sexual and domestic violence prevention strategy.”