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Rape is a very difficult topic to address due to the multitude of myths and misinformation on the topic. Some people believe that women ask to be raped because of the way they dress or behave. Others believe that rape is only committed by strangers. Most individuals do not even know what constitutes 1st or 2nd Degree Rape in the state of Alabama.

We tackle these rape myths and more with presentations that focus on awareness and prevention.


At Rape Response, we believe in saturation over sprinkling–we’re happy to visit your organization multiple times in order to increase the capacity for understanding the causes of and preventing sexual violence. Currently, the we offer free, prevention based, age and content appropriate, multi session presentations for school age youth. This includes 3 sessions for Kindergarten through 2nd grade using the Wise Owl Bully Stopper curriculum, a 4 sessions for 3rd through 6th grade using the Bully Proof curriculum, and 4 sessions on healthy relationships and dating violence for 7th through 12th grade using the Safe Dates curriculum. All curricula are research based and approved by the Alabama Department of Public Health.

We use curricula that focus on abusive and controlling behaviors like bullying and dating violence because those behaviors tend to be precursors for sexual violence. A child who bullies or a teen who abuses his or her partner is asserting power over their victim. Rape is about power and control. Kids bully because they feel insecure, jealous, or maybe they just don’t care about other people’s feelings- the same reason teens abuse and some of the same reasons people rape. The bullying curriculum initially focuses on the fact that almost every child has exhibited bullying behaviors, even those who have been bullied. Adults dismiss bullying as a part of growing up, but in actuality, it’s an abusive behavior that if not addressed, can lead to serious consequences for everyone involved. By showing children that they have the power to stop abusive behaviors now, either by changing their attitude or empowering them to stand up to or report bullying, we can perhaps prevent violence, including sexual violence, down the road.

Wise Owl Bully-Stopper Kit

is a three-session, evidence-based program aimed at grades K-2. During these half hour sessions, students learn to identify bullying behaviors, how to respond to bullying, and how to help others who are being bullied. In addition to watching age appropriate videos, students get to practice standing up to bullies and being empowered bystanders.

Bully Proof Kit

is a four-session, evidence based program aimed at grades 3-5. During these half-hour sessions, students learn to identify “invisible” bullying behaviors, what they can do if they think they have been a bully, how to respond to bullying, and how to be an empowered bystander. This curriculum features videos, activity sheets, and role play exercises.

Cyber Bullying

is a multi-session, evidence based program for grades 6-8 in which students learn to identify cyber bullying, the consequences of cyber bullying, and how to respond to cyber bullying.

Bringing In the Bystander (BITB)

is an evidence-based dating violence prevention program for grades 6-12. Bringing in the Bystander encourages students to become positive bystanders in instances of sexual, interpersonal violence and harassment. Students will learn to identify problem situations; they also learn practical skills for safe and effective intervention.

Safe Dates

is a multi-session evidence-based program for grades 8-12 that focuses on the prevention of dating abuse and sexual violence. Students learn the importance of respect in all relationships and learn to recognize the physical and emotional red flags that can precede dating abuse. Emphasis is placed on preventing abusive behaviors by having conversations about gender roles and sexual violence in the context of teenage dating relationships. Students are given an opportunity to practice their own solutions to unhealthy scenarios.

Healthy Relationships

is a single session interactive and evidence-based curriculum that works to promote healthy relationships as well as individual mental health. The program is designed to build strength, resilience, and coping skills among students ages 11-18. The program seeks to educate students on appropriate uses of power, respectful relationships, and youth empowerment.

To connect with a prevention educator or to schedule one of these programs for your school, community center or organization, contact Elizabeth Theriot at [email protected].


Because Rape Response works closely with law enforcement and medical personnel, we offer awareness based programs that address issues such as working with survivors, how to respond to rape, myths vs. facts, date rape drugs, rape statutes, the SANE program and rape crisis center services. For all other audiences (teachers, other professionals and church or community groups), topics include those previously mentioned, plus rape prevention, risk reduction, alcohol and rape, consent vs. coercion, statistics, rape trauma syndrome, sexual harassment, what to do if you are raped, and how to identify and signs of an unhealthy relationship.

Please contact the Rape Response Community Outreach & Education Specialist at [email protected].

If you need immediate information right now, such as statistics, common rape myths, how to help a friend, drug-facilitated sexual violence, or other information, please go to

Funding for this project provided by DOJ,  ADECA/LETS 15-VA-SA-029, SASP 15-SA-VS-001, ADPH,  The United Way of Central Alabama and The Junior League of Birmingham.


With the higher demand for the Centers's services, we have a need for additional conscientious and reliable volunteers.


The work of the Crisis Center is made possible through the generous contributions of caring individuals like you.

Phone Numbers

Crisis & Suicide Line: (205) 458-3371
Rape Response: (205) 458-8993

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