Sexual Abuse Prevention Network Programme Facilitator- Casual Contractor

Are you passionate about making a difference in other people’s lives? Do you want to empower others to be their best? Do you want to contribute to the development of a safer and more socially engaged society? Do you want to work for an organisation that values and respects their workers? The Sexual Abuse Prevention Network is a leading provider of workplace and community based sexual abuse and sexual harassment prevention training. We are committed to providing support, respect and dignity to the people we work with, empowering them to become ethical agents of social change. The Position: Sexual Abuse Prevention Network is seeking an experienced group facilitator to join our education team on a casual contracting basis. The applicant would deliver a variety of programmes to a wide range of people, with a particular focus on professionals in workplaces, as well as a range of communities. This casual role will be contracted according to demand, therefore the number of hours per week varies greatly and timing of programmes can be negotiated. The Role: • Facilitating training workshops with groups of up to 30 people • Developing tailored prevention/intervention and response programmes for client organisations • Providing policy advice/consultation to clients • Make appropriate referrals to community and support agencies. • Provide group supervision sessions and/or facilitate discussion groups to clients where required • Educate clients on all aspects of sexual assault and sexual harassment What we are looking for: • A relevant degree level qualification (e.g. Law, Public Health, Psychology, Social Work, Industrial Relations, Organisation Behaviour) • Hold a clean, current driver’s license • Excellent time management skills...

RBG- A film fundraiser for the Sexual Abuse Prevention Network

                      The Sexual Abuse Prevention Network are hosting a fundraiser screening of RBG! Join us for this film about the exceptional life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. RBG recently screened during the NZ International Film Festival, so here’s your chance to catch it if you missed it! Venue: Light House Cinema Cuba The film will start at 6pm, arrive from 5.30pm to get your snacks etc. Tickets are $20 each. To purchase transfer $20 per ticket to: 38-9017-0664816-00 Sexual Abuse Prevention Network Ref: ‘your name’ + ‘film’ Please also email us at emma@sexualabuseprevention.org.nz with your name and how many tickets you’ve bought, so we can add you to the list. All funds raised will go towards SAPN’s work in the community, providing consent and healthy relationships education programmes to youth and adults. Accessibility: Cinema and foyer are wheelchair accessible Hearing Assistance: Lighthouse Cuba has two types of listening systems in their cinemas: Induction Hearing Loop, Infrared...

We Need to Talk About Porn- a workshop for parents/guardians

This workshop is now sold out, please keep an eye on our website and social media for announcements of future workshops SAPN is running this interactive workshop on Wednesday 5th September (6-8pm) aimed at empowering parents/guardians to have conversations about relationships, sex and pornography with their teens. Registrations are open now, and please share with others who may be interested! Porn is everywhere! It’s a very different age from when many of us were teenagers and technology has come a long way from having a sneaky look at a magazine in the bushes at school with your mates. If you have a smart phone, you can access pornography and statistics show that many young people do. But how do we talk about it? How do we even start a conversation that makes many of us feel uncomfortable? How do we frame it so our teens aren’t scared off sex or talking to us for good? Based on work delivered in schools, this workshop will cover how to talk about healthy relationships, consent and how to get your young person to understand how the sex we see in pornography is very different to sex in the real world. By the end of this workshop, you’ll be able to: Talk to your teens about healthy relationships Understand what consent is and why it’s so sexy Identify the impacts of pornography on young people – in particular their ideas on relationships, body image and sex Discuss and navigate how to respond to realistic scenarios Feel prepared to have a conversation with your teen about pornography Sex is a great part of life...

The value of specialist services collaborating with schools

This week, ACC has announced an $18.4 million investment to roll out its Mates and Dates programme across New Zealand secondary schools. The programme, which has been run in some schools since 2014, is delivered by specialist providers, based externally from the school. Trained educators facilitate five one hour sessions across five weeks, in each year level of high school, totalling 25 hours for each student by the end of Year 13. The announcement of further investment has sparked criticism about why the programme is facilitated by outside providers and not by teachers. Sexual Abuse Prevention Network (SAPN) specialises in delivering consent and sexual violence prevention education programmes to young people in and out of schools and is currently the Wellington, Porirua and Kāpiti provider of Mates and Dates. As General Manager at SAPN, I’d like to share the perspective of my agency on the value of engaging outside providers to do this crucial work, and how collaboration between schools and specialists in sexual harm prevention ensures the best sharing of knowledge, skills, and educational outcomes for students. Sexual violence is a global problem and an issue that affects all of us, with New Zealand having the highest rate of sexual violence among OECD countries. Sexual violence is too big an issue to be solved in five, or even 25 lessons. Effective culture change requires a sustained long-term approach, which addresses the problem in multiple ways, including the reinforcement of positive messages across our lifetimes. The relationship between external providers and schools goes far beyond five lessons in each year group, and the collaboration and different expertise of those...

Changing ‘work hard, play hard’ culture not enough

“What is needed is specific recommendations for how to change those particular behaviours and attitudes that lead to sexual harm. To transform a culture rife with sexual harm, we need to address those underlying and related issues, but we also need to challenge the harmful behaviours themselves.” Fiona McNamara wrote an opinion piece on Dame Margaret Bazley’s review of Russell McVeagh for Radio New Zealand on 6 July 2018. Read the full article...

Sexual Abuse Prevention Network supports Wellington City Council’s move to give new Councillor focus on sexual violence

Media release for immediate release 7 February 2018 Sexual Abuse Prevention Network supports Wellington City Council’s move to give new Councillor focus on sexual violence A spokesperson for Sexual Abuse Prevention Network says it is excellent to see that Wellington City Council has given a focus to sexual violence within the safer cities portfolio. General Manager, Fiona McNamara says “Wellington City Council has a long history of supporting organisations in the sexual violence sector, but giving responsibility for this to a Councillor ensures that it remains a priority and that we have strong advocate for this issue representing our city.” “Councillor Fitzsimons has spoken passionately about this issue in her maiden speech, giving us confidence that she will have a positive influence towards changing the culture that allows sexual violence to happen.” “We look forward to working with Fitzsimons, the Mayor and the council more broadly to develop and implement new strategies to eliminate sexual violence in our city.” “Sexual violence in preventable and we need to shift the focus to addressing the culture in which it exists.” Sexual Abuse Prevention Network offers a range of education, professional development and consultancy services to businesses, schools, community groups and other organisations. SAPN works with agencies to develop policies, procedures and safety strategies unique to their organisation. Programmes include the ‘It’s Our Business programme’ a programme tailored to the hospitality sector that assists staff in developing safety strategies in their bars, trains staff to identify dangerous situations and to intervene before sexual violence occurs, and to respond safely when an incident does happen. “Every time we run this programme, bar staff all...
NZ Book Fair – A SAPN Fundraiser

NZ Book Fair – A SAPN Fundraiser

The SAPN New Zealand Book Fair Grab a bargain or the perfect Christmas present and show your support for the Sexual Abuse Prevention Network! The SAPN New Zealand Book Fair will feature a wide range of popular and limited edition New Zealand books generously donated by Booksellers NZ. Books in as-new condition, including: – Children’s books- illustrated and chapter books – Poetry – Non-fiction – NZ Literature – Art books – Some rare books Books will be priced from $5. There will also be gift wrapping and snacks available for a gold coin donation. All funds raised will go towards SAPN’s work in the community, providing consent and healthy relationships education programmes to youth and adults. Venue: 19 Tory Street upstairs space (NB there is a small lip at the entrance of the building, there will be a person to assist at the door during the event and lift access to Level 1) Time: Saturday 16th December,...
Wellington City Council Safety in the City Award

Wellington City Council Safety in the City Award

We are so pleased to have received a Safety in the City Award from the Wellington City Council. Below is the speech general manager Fiona McNamara gave on the night: It’s not long ago that sexual violence was barely recognised as an issue. In recent years, things have come a long way and this award shows that attitudes towards sexual violence are changing and that the wider community is placing real value on education about consent and healthy relationships. I’d like to acknowlege the whole SAPN team, all our staff including our educators who go out and have challenging conversations with young people and other groups, our volunteers who generously donate their time and the Trust Board. I’d like to acknowlege the three agencies that are part of our network and that support our prevention work Wellington Rape Crisis, Wellington Sexual abuse HELP Foundation and WellStop, and also to acknowledge the chair of our Board Helen Sullivan who was one of the founders of SAPN back in the early 2000s and has played a key role in its strategic direction ever since. Thank you again for this award, it’s an amazing way to end our busiest year yet and great encouragement to continue to grow the reach of our programmes next year. We know that every instance of sexual violence is preventable and we are absolutely committed to ending it and supporting safe and thriving...
Judy O’Brien’s Speech at the #WeToo March

Judy O’Brien’s Speech at the #WeToo March

I’m Judy O’Brien, Coordinator for Sexual Abuse Prevention Network – a collaboration of two survivor support agencies – Wellington Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Help Foundation and an agency that works with offenders – WellStop. Sexual Abuse Prevention Network offers a range of programmes for professionals, and young people to develop skills to identify risky situations and strategies to intervene safely.  We also offer programmes that focus on improving understanding of consent and ethical sexual decision making. When preparing what I was going to say tonight, a friend suggested I just get up here and scream for three minutes because that’s honestly all I’ve wanted to do for the past couple of weeks. The recent media attention given to the stories of people calling out the abusive behaviour of men in powerful positions has brought to light the shockingly high prevalence of sexual violence throughout or communities  and it’s just not  good enough. I am so humbled and inspired by the raw honesty and shameless bravery of survivors of sexual assault coming forward and sharing their own stories. You have offered hope and support to so many others who have felt shamed and isolated by their own experiences. But we shouldn’t have to share our stories for people to take this seriously! Or to recognise that sexual violence Affects. Us. All! Instead of expecting survivors to share their stories, we as a society should be demanding that people who sexually harm others recognise that their behaviour is harmful, and encourage others to change.   Rape and sexual abuse in our communities is a much wider issue than just what we...