To provide ongoing advocacy, support and healing for all victims and survivors of sexual assault, human trafficking and child abuse; and to prevent sexual violence in our community through education.
The Monterey County Rape Crisis Center has a big vision: that Monterey County be known as a community where people live free from sexual violence. The agency provides sexual violence prevention clubs in six Monterey County high schools, where young people learn about healthy relationships and use their knowledge to create change in themselves, their schools and their communities. The My Strength Club for young men promotes male-positive, nonviolent messages and challenges oppressive masculine roles that can lead to violence. The My Life Club empowers young women to embrace their strengths and make safe and healthy decisions for themselves. Club members learn to recognize attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate the cycle of sexual violence, examine media messages and their influence on behavior, and apply healthy communication strategies in various situations. In addition to weekly club meetings, students organize awareness-raising activities and participate in community events.
The My Life Club is the only way I learned about relationships, mental health and sexual assault, and was something that the school district doesn’t provide for us. This club is a safe place to share how we feel and what happens to us.
- Pearl Dronet