Circles: Stop Abuse

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“I strongly believe that participating in this program helped a student of mine report that she was being sexually abused by a member of her family. I have taught over 20 years and this is one of the best programs for my students.” -Jerri Chronister, Teacher

Help your students recognize, react to, and avoid exploitation. Teach appropriate social boundaries.

Your students are prime targets for abusive behavior. Teach them how to recognize and avoid threatening or potentially abusive situations with Circles: Stop Abusive Behavior. This video program illustrates step-by-step lessons and strategies to recognize abusive behavior. Real-life demonstrations of how to take positive action if feeling exploited are included. This quality program uses the famous Circles paradigm and was created by education and health care professionals sensitive to the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities.

The program includes 12 stories, each told by a student. In each story, another person exhibits behavior, which the student feels is exploitative. A calm “stop” is shown as the first attempt to curtail the exploitative behavior, and if that is not effective, the student illustrates a “loud stop.” Based upon the specific criteria given, the student then shows how he or she decides whether or not to tell a safe person about the abusive behavior.

Circles: Stop Abuse is made up of two parts:

Part 1: Recognizing and Reacting to Exploitation

Encourages your students to be assertive. Illustrates how to recognize and react to exploitation occurring in close relationships with dates, close friends, and relatives. Teaches students that they don’t have to participate in physical contact that does not feel good to them.

Part 2: Learning Appropriate Protective Behaviors

Illustrates the potential for abuse from acquaintances and strangers. Students will learn to identify inappropriate behavior and initiate protective measures against unwanted advances and other forms of abusive behavior.