Category Archives: prevention

January is Slavery Human Trafficking Prevention Month

January is Slavery Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Human Trafficking is a form of relationship violence, as well as, community, and societal violence. It requires compassion and effort by all members of your communities to advocate, raise awareness, and disrupt this cycle of violence. Want to learn more about Human Trafficking? Visit the NSVRC website, MA… Continue Reading

Trans 101

  As part of our violence prevention education, the Katie Brown Educational Program teaches 8th-grade participants about gender stereotypes in order to reveal how these stereotypes can lead to discrimination and violence. These discussions often lead to questions from our 8th graders about transgender people and the LGBT+ community. The past few years have seen… Continue Reading

It’s the Little Things…

Holidays, bad weather, school, work and just life in general often become stressful and overwhelming. We get caught up in everything we need to do and quickly become exhausted and burnt out! In this mode, we often forget to take care of ourselves throughout the day. Taking care of ourselves might even seem impossible when… Continue Reading

Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month. While we celebrate the diverse and vibrant cultures of indigenous peoples in the Americas, it is also important that we take a look at the way a history of marginalization has uniquely impacted Native Americans’ experiences with domestic and sexual violence. Here are the facts: Native Americans ages 12… Continue Reading

Family Secrets: When Violence Hits Home

Domestic violence is a growing crisis spreading in households across the country. We know the many effects that domestic violence can have on survivors– from physical injury to lowered self-esteem to destroyed finances. However, domestic violence does not just affect the direct victim. Every year in the United States, 5 million children witness domestic violence.… Continue Reading

Online Dating Survey

The Katie Brown Educational Program educates about healthy and violent dating relationships in our 8th-grade curriculum, high school curriculum, and college programming. To keep our curriculum information and topics relevant to the everyday experiences of our students, we frequently ask questions and conduct research. Fortunately, we learn a lot from our classroom interactions with students… Continue Reading

Consent and Coercion

While most of us understand that using physical violence in order to get sex is wrong, we don’t always recognize the more subtle forms of violence that people may use.  Consent is more than a saying “yes” or saying “no.” Sometimes sexual violence happens even though the person said “yes.” Survivors of this type of… Continue Reading

Educator Profile: Meet Rowan, our newest KBEP Educator!

Rowan McKenna was raised in Seekonk, Massachusetts. She graduated from Rhode Island College in 2017 with a degree in Gender & Women’s Studies and a minor in Communications. Rowan started at the Katie Brown Educational Program in January 2018. Prior to working with the Katie Brown Educational Program, Rowan served as a contributing columnist for… Continue Reading