Providing education and leadership at the intersection of sexuality education and violence prevention
What I do in the world
Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence Prevention
Consent isn't just sexy - it's mandatory. As the Education and Prevention Manager at New Hope, the rape crisis center of southeastern Massachusetts, I work with an amazing team of educators to develop educational workshops that are tailored to fit your organization, group, and setting: we work with colleges/universities, clinicians, parents, youth groups, and more! Folks leave these workshops with a better understanding of what consent is (and how to ask for it), what sexual and intimate partner violence can look like, how to help a friend who has experienced violence, and what services are available at no cost to survivors. Reach out today to learn more about my custom workshops on sexual and intimate partner violence prevention.
Sexuality Education for Young People
Awesome sex ed means having conversations with students about what they're actually experiencing. My classes for young people go beyond just the birds, the bees, and STIs; we talk about bodies, protection, communication, empathy, relationships, sexual health, gender, identity, decision-making, and much more. Through activities, games, and lively discussion, I arm middle- and high-school students with the knowledge and skills to make empowering, safe, healthy sexual decisions. Get in touch to bring me to your classroom!
Tea & Empathy
Empathy: The state of having curiosity about, and nonjudgmental engagement with, someone else’s emotional world.
Tea & Empathy, created by the lovely and brilliant Kate Kenfield, is a workshop and tool for learning, practicing, and expressing empathy. In two short hours, we'll have discussions on mindfulness, self-care, what empathy is and isn't, and how to practice empathic communication as a parent, coworker, friend, and partner.
As Kate says, "Tea & Empathy events are designed to help you feel more empathized with so you have the bandwidth to be more empathetic to others. You get your own cup refilled so you can help fill others’ cups." Learn more, buy T&E cards, and contact me to talk about bringing Tea & Empathy to your group!
In The Media
(Via The Huffington Post) Hundreds of miles apart, educators Emily Feher and Melanie Lucash aren’t shying away from sticky subjects...
ABC's of Adult Sex Ed: V is for Vulva
(Via The CSPH) A vulva is the amazingly diverse external genital anatomy of folks who are usually AFAB (Assigned Female At Birth). Vulvas (or vulvae) are commonly confused with, conflated with, and/or referred to as vaginas. A person’s vagina is the internal canal connecting their uterus to their vulva; it’s where a baby would pass through during a vaginal birth, and where fingers/a penis/a sex toy might fit during sex. But that’s not what we’re here to talk about...
(Via Elite Daily) The other day, I was having coffee with one of my girlfriends. As we were discussing our latest sexcapades (or sexcapade on my end), she casually mentioned that she uses Plan B and the pull-out method as her primary form of birth control. "I just time my cycles so I know I'm not ovulating, and if I get nervous about it, I just take Plan B," she said, sipping her Americano...
Katie interviews sex educator Melanie Lucash - the sex ed teacher you wish you had. We discuss the shortcomings of American sex ed, the importance of erasing shame from the sex ed classroom (and how she does it), the hilarity and importance of demystifying sex for young people, and why it is so crucial that educators come at sex education from an angle that's inclusive and intersectional.