About the Project
The Sexual Violence Prevention Collaborative consists of five local nonprofits working together to eliminate sexual violence across the 23 towns and cities that comprise Fairfield County. SVPC’s inaugural project, Coaches as Partners, works to engage youth sports coaches and athletic directors in the prevention of sexual violence. Our goal is to bring awareness and education about the critical role athletic leaders play in promoting an inclusive and respectful sports and school culture. The Sexual Violence Prevention Collaborative is funded by Fairfield County's Community Foundation’s Fund for Women & Girls. Participating organizations include:
About the Issues
Our game plan is to build partnerships with coaches and athletic directors, who often spend more time with students than many teachers or family members. Our premise is that these individuals wield a significant amount of influence on their athletes and can shift the paradigm by modeling prosocial behaviors and demonstrating what it means to be an ally in ending sexual violence through knowledge of the issues and expansive intervention tools.
“Sports involvement is associated with pro-social values and skills among youth, including accountability, social cohesion, and selfcontrol, all of which are sexual violence prevention factors. In addition, athletes and coaches are frequently viewed as leaders within their local and sport communities and can have enormous influence on changing the paradigms related to masculinity, aggression, and acceptability of sexual violence.” – How Sport Can End Sexual Violence in One Generation, RALIANCE
Becoming a Partner
Through interactive workshops, Coaches as Partners gives leaders in the athletic community the tools to shift the culture and end sexual violence. The titles of these workshops are:
Understanding Sexual Violence Prevention Within Sports Culture -
Through discussion, participants will explore the dynamics of sexual violenceThrough discussion, participants will explore the dynamics of sexual violenceand the many attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that contribute to a culturethat perpetuates and sustains sexual violence. Resources for supportingvictims will be discussed, including Title IX and reporting options.
The Diversity of Youth Identities & Challenging Gender Stereotypes -
Participants will collaborate with facilitators to challenge stereotypes aroundParticipants will collaborate with facilitators to challenge stereotypes aroundgender that inform interactions, relationships, and student experiencesin school and in athletics. This training also explores the diversity of youthidentities with particular focus on gender identity, expression, and sexualorientation. Participants will gain knowledge and best practices to createa culture that provides equal opportunities for all students.
Bystander Intervention: Creating Social Change -
This training explores different bystander intervention techniques thatThis training explores different bystander intervention techniques thatcoaches can utilize to challenge problematic beliefs and interrupt allforms of sexual violence. Participants are given the opportunity tobrainstorm how they would intervene in realistic scenarios and howthey can create a school culture of respect and inclusion.