April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. Join us tomorrow, April 4th at noon PT/ 3pm ET time, when we’re honored to partner with Futures Without Violence to present the webinar: Activate Your School: Hosting an Audrie & Daisy Screening. The webinar is free, and a recording will be available afterwards on the Futures’ website. Daisy, from the film, and her brother Charlie will open the webinar, and professionals at Futures and us at Blueshift will talk with teachers about how to use this film and the accompanying materials in your school.
We wrote about Audrie & Daisy in September here, when Netflix first made it available to stream and the Screening Guide, Parent Discussion Guide, and the Classroom Lessons were published on the film’s website. Since then, those materials have been downloaded over 3,000 times and the film watched many more.
And yet, we know that even with these materials available, it can still be daunting to bring the issues of sexual assault, trauma, digital citizenship, and healthy relationships into your school and classroom. But we must talk about these difficult things because they are happening. Young people between the ages of 12 and 19 experience the highest rates of rape and sexual assault of any group in the country. And, increasingly, those assaults are shared and tweeted about on social media in a way that re-traumatizes survivors, perpetuates victim blaming and solidifies rape culture.
That’s why Futures creates webinars for their network of educators, activists and individuals who want to learn more and do more to prevent sexual violence. During the Activate Your School webinar, you’ll get motivated by hearing directly from Daisy and Charlie about why teaching this material matters so much, you’ll learn from the experiences of schools and teachers who have already screened the film and we’ll walk you through the teacher’s guide and the lessons themselves to show you what’s there and spark ideas that fit your situation.
The idea here is to eliminate the barriers to using this important film to its full potential. This is exactly what Blueshift strives to do, to take that beautiful opportunity that great documentary films create uniquely- when the audience is feeling deeply, empathizing openly, and wondering how to act - and give them tools to create lasting change.
We hope you can join us tomorrow, or listen to the recording in the future, and we’d love to hear about your experience using the film in your community!