Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE)

CAASE addresses the culture, institutions, and individuals that perpetrate, profit from, or support sexual exploitation. Our work includes prevention, policy reform, community engagement, and legal services.
Sep 18, 2012

Another School Year Begins

“Another School Year Begins…”

 

Progress Report on the Implementation of

CAASE’s Prevention Programming:

 

September, 2012

 

Although high school hallways are quiet during the summer, the prevention team at the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation has stayed busy.  In addition to planning and scheduling with our school partners, the team has worked to expand the number of program offerings.  During the summer months, the prevention team created five new single-session workshops that will be offered to schools this year.  In addition, they also created a service-learning component to accompany every in-school program that CAASE offers.  Now teachers and counselors will be even better equipped to help students execute a successful service project around the information they have learned.  By providing this, CAASE expects that even more of the ideas created by students can become actions.

The efforts this summer have prepared CAASE to continue growing the program and truly empower young people to become part of the solution to sexual violence, exploitation, and trafficking.  CAASE hopes to build on last year’s success by adding at least five more schools with our programming.  By broadening our offerings, we believe we will be better able to meet this goal.

With your continued support of CAASE’s educational outreach, more and more young people are becoming aware of the problems that sexual violence and exploitation presents to their community.  As one young man said, “Prostitution is the scar on America’s face, it’s there, but you don’t talk about it.”  He went on to explain that he wanted to help others learn about this problem.  Thank you for your support of this young activist, because as awareness becomes action, violence and harm will begin to decrease. 

May 10, 2012

Another Academic Year Closes...

Group Discussion
Group Discussion

“Another Academic Year Closes…”

 Progress Report on the Implementation of

CAASE’s Prevention Curriculum:

Empowering Young Men to End Sexual Exploitation

May, 2012

“I learned that over 90% of women involved with prostitution want to leave, but can’t.”

“I learned it can be harmful to disrespect women.”

“I will treat women, even if I don’t know them, with respect, because you never know what they may be going through, alone.”

“I will stop watching porn.”

“I will never go to strip clubs.”

“I will hold my friends accountable for their actions, and be more respectful and responsible myself.”

“We will plan a rally in this neighborhood to raise awareness.”

 

These are just some of the responses given by the young men who participated in Empowering Young Men to End Sexual Exploitation this year.  As the school year closes, CAASE can report that over 1,000 young men from 12 different schools in Chicago have participated in the 4-session curriculum.  Some of the teachers and counselors from these schools have reported that students have planned a variety of awareness-raising efforts, including neighborhood rallies and YouTube videos, as well as service projects like clothing drives for domestic violence shelters.  They have also noticed students in the halls and in the cafeteria holding each other accountable for their language and actions toward women.

In addition to Empowering Young Men…, CAASE has created and implemented Empowering Young Women… as a companion curriculum for schools with co-ed classes.  This year CAASE has also created several one-session workshops covering topics like trafficking, sexual harassment, consent, and masculinity which are becoming very popular.  During this spring alone, nearly 650 students—both young men and young women—have participated in the new workshops.

With your continued support of CAASE’s educational outreach, more and more young people are becoming aware of the problems that sexual violence and exploitation presents to their community.  As their awareness becomes action, violence and harm will slowly begin to decrease.  Thank you again for supporting our outreach efforts, because with support like yours we will be able to continue building a generation of allies who stand together against sexual harm.          

Individual Work
Individual Work
Feb 8, 2012

Analysis of the Curriculum's Evaluation

At the start of the 2011-2012 academic year, the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation brought on a new intern from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  Kendra Harding is pursuing an MA in Forensic Psychology, and holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Iowa.  She has proved invaluable to the organization, and spent the fall putting her research expertise to good use by analyzing all of the student evaluations from the first year of the CAASE’s curriculum, “Empowering Young Men.”  She has compiled her findings in this comprehensive report.

In previous project reports, Education Outreach Associate Caleb Probst has used some of the data from the evaluations to illustrate the results of the program in the classroom.  Harding’s report, however, is the first comprehensive analysis of all the student responses from the first year of the program.  It is CAASE’s hope that her work will provide donors with detailed insight into the work they are doing every day in the classrooms of Chicago’s high schools. 

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