Awareness of sexual assault and its reverberating impacts is growing across the country, and among students, staff and partners of the Methow Valley School District. This fall, students, administrators, mental health providers, parents, and Room One staff participated in the formation of a school Sexual Assault Task Force. The Task Force aims to deepen our school community's understanding of how sexual assault impacts students and make policy, procedure, prevention, student learning and staff development recommendations.
A group of student seniors and other members of the Task Force are currently planning a“Consent Week” for the end of April. This series of assemblies, activities and classroom discussions aims to create a “culture of consent” and decrease incidences of sexual harassment and assault amongst Liberty Bell students.
When a student is sexually assaulted, many lives are forever changed. A student’s sense of self can change as they process the trauma and its aftermath, school attendance may be interrupted or classes adjusted all impacting a student’s sense of stability and sometimes their future choices. Friendships are tested, parents experience shock, anger, and grief, and the entire school community may feel less safe. By teaching students and adults how to prevent sexual assault and what consent looks, feels and sounds like, we are building relationships based on communication, trust and equity, a strong foundation for lifelong health