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Peer on Peer Sexual Grooming and Assault – advice from SafeBAE

24th March 2017

who are SafeBae?

SafeBAE is the only national survivor-driven organization in the US which works exclusively with middle and high-school students to educate 12-18 year olds about positive consent, peer-on-peer grooming, dating violence, sexual assault prevention, re-victimization intervention, survivor self care, and survivor rights under Title IX.

The charity helps promote social change by providing teens the tools to change peer culture, discussing topics such as peer-on-peer sexual grooming, alongside sexual assaults. And in fact, in September last year the documentary, Audrie & Daisy, appeared on Netflix, documenting several stories of sexual assault victims and their families in America, including the founders of the charity.

 

 

With statistics and stories such as those discussed in the above clip, it is fundamental that not only educators, but also teens, are equipped with the right advice to help establish open dialogues with students or peers who may be at risk of, or who have already been a victim of, a sexual attack.  This is why SafeBAE have collated the following information to help aid dialog and help survivors or victims of peer on peer grooming.

 

what is peer-on-peer sexual grooming?

Peer-on-peer sexual grooming is the process by which teen sexual predators move from inappropriate intentions to sexual exploitation or sexual assault. The central tenant of grooming is manipulation (usually online) of a target with the goal of obtaining sex.

 

How to respond to a student who might be identified as being sexually groomed by a peer

SafeBAE does not provide legal advice, but if you suspect a student is being groomed we recommend the following:

 

How to respond to a student who might be identified as a sexual assault victim

The EXACT same steps should be followed as above, but know that the alleged target of harassment is now a possible sexual assault victim who has sustained physical and mental trauma by at least one peer assailant, if not more.

Also please consider the following information and additional tips:

 

Impero’s partnership with SafeBAE

Impero recently partnered with SafeBAE to help schools detect issues related to sexting and cyberbullying. SafeBAE will enhance our library of sexting-related keywords and will help create a new keyword library of terms related to the bullying of sexual assault victims, included in our flagship product Impero Education Pro.

If a keyword or phrase is detected from one of our keyword libraries, whilst a device is being used on the school network, an alert will be created. Educators are then able to view the students’ comments or internet searches in context to determine the appropriate next steps. Find out more about our keyword detection libraries here.

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