Sexual Abuse Prevention Workshop for Teens

April is Sexual Assault Prevention Month, and as part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness of the issue and educate communities, the Retreat, a nonprofit advocacy organization and shelter for victims of domestic violence, will present Navigating Consent: A Sexual Abuse Prevention Workshop for high school students on Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the East Hampton Library.

According to Helen Atkinson-Barnes, the Retreat's education program manager, the workshop has been specifically developed for high schoolers. Through a series of informative discussions, teenagers will learn what consent really means, how to differentiate between healthy and unhealthy sexual practices, how to recognize when they, or friends, might be at risk, and risk-reduction strategies.

"We'll cover important topics like being supportive of a victim instead of victim-blaming," said Ms. Atkinson-Barnes. "It's not okay to say things like, 'He or she must have asked for it.' Also, we'll cover bystander intervention, nonverbal cues, and how to set boundaries."

Only high school students will be admitted to the workshop. They will receive community services hours and free pizza.