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September 18, 2018

SAF educator talks about safe relationships in Sandy Creek classes


Oswego County Opportunities’ Services to Aid Families educator Sara Carmichael was a recent guest presenter in several classes at Sandy Creek’s Middle and High Schools.

Sara Carmichael, SAF educator, asks students to determine whether the scenario “not saying your feelings” represents, passive, assertive or aggressive behavior.

Sara Carmichael, SAF educator, asks students to determine whether the scenario “not saying your feelings” represents, passive, assertive or aggressive behavior.

Carmichael presented separate age-appropriate presentations for eighth, tenth and twelfth graders about safe relationships during a recent week at the school.

For eighth graders, Carmichael talked about components of a healthy relationship, and on her last day in the class, talked about relationships that feature an unhealthy balance of power and control.

She used several scenarios and asked the students to identify whether they represented an aggressive, passive or assertive position and students held up cards with their answer.

Sixth graders Kaleb Brown, Dakota Denny, Shelby Miller, Lexi Wolfe, Kalista Kimble, and Alec Balcom play a matching game of characteristics of a healthy relationship which includes independence, the cards Wolfe matched during her turn.

Sixth graders Kaleb Brown, Dakota Denny, Shelby Miller, Lexi Wolfe, Kalista Kimble, and Alec Balcom play a matching game of characteristics of a healthy relationship which includes independence, the cards Wolfe matched during her turn.

They also played several games that further emphasized the importance of healthy components in relationships such as communication, respect, balance of power in decision making, compromise, and independence.

Carmichael also talked about the difference between tattling and reporting; where tattling is telling to get someone in trouble, reporting is telling because someone could get hurt.

The students also watched a movie about unhealthy relationships and discussed the topic following.

Morgan Bristol holds the card “assertive” for her answer to one of the scenarios presented by Sara Carmichael, SAF educator during her presentation on healthy relationships at Sandy Creek Middle and High School.

Morgan Bristol holds the card “assertive” for her answer to one of the scenarios presented by Sara Carmichael, SAF educator during her presentation on healthy relationships at Sandy Creek Middle and High School.

With the older students, Carmichael discussed topics such as roles and responsibilities, dating, consent and myths surrounding sexual assault.

SAF staff members offer informational sessions on domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, dating violence as well as intervention services provided by the OCO SAF program.

For more information about these school-based educational programs, visit the OCO website at www.oco.org

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