Outreach and Education

Our outreach and education efforts shed light on the realities of abuse and trauma in our community, and the root issues embedded within society. Beacon Center provides a variety of additional resources to help you help the ones you love. We’re here to help.

Rural Community Outreach

Beacon Center proudly serves the counties of Clark, Codington, Deuel, Grant, and Hamlin. We have advocates that do outreach to the rural communities surrounding Watertown. Our services are available to everyone living in our five-county coverage area. If you or someone you love needs help or want to discuss how you can help prevent domestic and sexual violence in your community please contact our Rural Outreach Coordinator, Angie Meseberg, at 605-886-4304 or angie@beaconcentersd.com.

Education Programs

please contact our Rural Outreach Coordinator, Angie Meseberg, at 605-886-4304 or angie@beaconcentersd.com.

Beacon Center Tours

Beacon Center Tour

Beacon Center welcomes the community to tour our facility to better understand domestic and sexual violence in our community. See how your generous support helps empower survivors after experiencing violence.  

Beacon Center Tour for Students

Beacon Center welcomes students from high school to college every year to learn more about domestic and sexual violence and our services. Students can visit with staff about careers in the human service field.

 
Programs for Ages 9 and Up

Sexual Harrasment

Suggested Age/Grade Level

4th Grade

Program Length

30-45 minutes

Students learn in age-appropriate language, what is sexual harassment, how to identify it, the consequences of harassment, and how to get help.

Love Shouldn't Hurt

Suggested Age/Grade Level

5th Grade

Program Length

45-50 minutes

Students learn about family conflict, similarities between bullying and abuse, discuss how to stay safe, and services at Beacon Center

Boundaries

Suggested Age/Grade Level

6th Grade

Program Length

50 minutes

In this presentation, we talk with students about what are boundaries and what are their boundaries. Then using the What If? Game developed by Children's Home Society we talk about a variety of situations involving a violation of boundaries and what they should do.

Healthy Relationships

Suggested Age/Grade Level

7th Grade

Program Length

50 minutes

Students learn the components of a healthy relationship. We review relationship rights and responsibilities. Students write the rights and responsibilities they want in a relationship.

Abusive Relationships and Technology

Suggested Age/Grade Level

8th Grade

Program Length

50 minutes

Discuss with students what a healthy relationship is and how technology can be used in abusive relationships. Discussion on sexting with a hands-on activity.

Break the Cycle

Suggested Age/Grade Level

9-12 Grade

Program Length

50 minutes

Session 1: Dating Violence 101 - In Their Shoes Experiential Activity

Session 2: Sexual Assault Awareness Kahoot Interactive activity where we confront and discuss common myths around sexual assault. If possible, co-present with local law enforcement.

Session 3: Answer students anonymous questions concerning domestic and sexual violence submitted during pre-test. If time remains, protection orders are also discussed.

In Their Shoes: Teens and Dating Violence

Suggested Age/Grade Level

9th Grade and Up

Program Length

50 minutes

Designed with the classroom in mind, In Their Shoes: Teens and Dating Violence - Classroom Edition is an engaging way to talk about dating violence and healthy relationships with young people in one class period. Participants become one of six characters based on the experiences of real teens including sexting, pregnancy, homophobia, and stalking. They make choices about their relationships and move through the scenario by reading about interactions with their dating partner, family, friends, counselors, police, and others.

Power Up, Speak Out!

Suggested Age/Grade Level

7th Grade

Program Length

50 minutes

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POWER UP, SPEAK OUT! is a five-lesson toolkit for educators that encourages middle school students to think critically about healthy relationships, power dynamics, boundaries, and consent. Lessons teach students what to do, instead of what not to do.

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Shifting Boundaries

Suggested Age/Grade Level

6th-7th Grade

Program Length

50 minutes

Shifting Boundaries is a two-part intervention—classroom curricula and schoolwide—designed to reduce dating violence and sexual harassment among middle school students by highlighting the consequences of this behavior for perpetrators and by increasing faculty surveillance of unsafe areas within the school.

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Safe Dates

Suggested Age/Grade Level

7 Grade and Up

Program Length

50 minutes

Safe Dates is a school-based prevention program for middle and high school students designed to stop or prevent the initiation of dating violence victimization and perpetration, including the psychological, physical, and sexual abuse that may occur between youths involved in a dating relationship. The program goals are to change adolescent norms on dating violence and gender-roles, improve conflict resolution skills for dating relationships, promote victims’ and perpetrators’ beliefs in the need for help and awareness of community resources for dating violence, encourage help-seeking by victims and perpetrators, and develop peer help-giving skills.

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Adult Programs

Strategies for Your Family and Community

Suggested Age/Grade Level

18 years and Up

Program Length

1.5-2 hours

Enough Abuse: Strategies for Your Family and Community is the Campaign’s core training curriculum. This training can be adapted to meet the needs of the audience, level of expertise of participants, and time. 

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Strategies for Your School and Community

Suggested Age/Grade Level

18 years and Up

Program Length

1.5-2 hours

This version of "Strategies" is intended specifically to educate school administrators, teachers, school coaches, parents, and other school employees.

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Strategies for Youth Serving Organizations

Suggested Age/Grade Level

18 years and Up

Program Length

1.5-2 hours

Every year, an estimated 35 million adults come into contact with more than 70 million children in youth-serving organizations. The missions vary, but the common purpose is to support children while giving them guidance and opportunities. However, the same factors that create a nurturing environment for children may also increase their vulnerability to sexual abusers.

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It’s Not Just Jenna

Suggested Age/Grade Level

18 years and Up

Program Length

1.5-2 hours

It’s Not Just Jenna is an 18-minute video co-produced by Massachusetts Citizens for Children and Alvid Productions to educate middle and high school youth, their parents and other youth-serving professionals. The accompanying 30-slide “Learning and Discussion Guide” presentation promotes and facilitates post-viewing discussion about the lessons Jenna’s story teaches us about child sexual abuse and how to prevent it. A “faith-community” version is also available that includes comments from Jenna’s parents about the role their faith played in addressing the issue.

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In Her Shoes: Economic Justice Edition

Suggested Age/Grade Level

18 years and Up

Program Length

1 hour

The Economic Justice version of In Her Shoes will increase awareness of the additional struggles survivors face when they are poor. The perspective of the person causing harm is also represented in this Edition. Most useful for longer training sessions where there are opportunities for group discussion.  With this powerful community education tool, participants move, do, think and experience the lives of survivors.

Movie Screenings
 

The Hunting Ground

Suggested Age/Grade Level

PG-13

Program Length

2 hours

The Hunting Ground is an exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families.

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Audrie and Daisy

Suggested Age/Grade Level

TV-MA

Program Length

2 hours

Audrie and Daisy is an urgent real-life drama that examines the ripple effects on families, friends, schools, and communities when two underage young women find that sexual assault crimes against them have been caught on camera. From acclaimed filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk (The Island President, The Rape of Europa), Audrie and Daisy — which made its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival — takes a hard look at American’s teenagers who are coming of age in this new world of social media bullying, spun wildly out of control.

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