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Building Safe & Healthy Qummunites

 The Utah Pride Center's new building, located at 1380 Main Street in Salt Lake City. 

The Utah Pride Center's new building, located at 1380 Main Street in Salt Lake City. 

This month, through a partnership with the Utah Pride Center, the Rape Recovery Center will launch a new program for LGBTQ youth. On June 22, 2018 the we will host our first "Qummunity Workshop," offering youth aged 10-20 a space to build community and discuss topics like self-love, healthy relationships, and consent. Youth will meet in separate age defined groups at the recently relocated Utah Pride Center from 5:00-7:30 pm. Details of the event can be found here

This will be the first of many similar workshops, using a newly designed curriculum created specifically for LGBTQ youth through a collaboration that started two years ago. According to Rape Recovery Center staff, "It was super important to us that folks with a personal investment in the community be a part of this project. That’s why many of our favorite community partners are involved with producing this curriculum, including Utah Pride Center, LGBT Resource Center at the University of Utah, and Utah Domestic Violence Coalition."  

According to the Center for Disease Control’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, those in the LGBTQ community are more likely to experience sexual violence. At the Rape Recovery Center we recognize that experiences of oppression and marginalization contribute to these statistics, and work to empower communities that are most vulnerable to violence through culturally relevant programming. 

When asked about what attendees can expect when they attend a Qummunity workshop, Rape Recovery Center staff shared "I think folks may have assumptions of what this workshop will entail based on who is co-hosting! Which is totally understandable; with a name like “Rape Recovery Center”, it is not too far-fetched to assume we will be talking about consent at some point! However, we are hoping that the young folks in our workshops will get a chance to really explore the topic in a fun and understanding environment. During these workshops, we’ll do our best to avoid lecturing people on consent, and instead, try a more interactive and collaborative way. Our goal is to get people moving, talking, and building connections WHILE discussing issues pertaining to violence in the LGBTQ+ community.  If nothing else, we hope participants leave feeling empowered and hopeful and connected to others in the community."

To learn more about this program or to request accommodations, please contact Luis Lopez at l.lopez@raperecoverycenter.org.