Military Briefs and Training

Dr. Foubert is a highly sought-after speaker for military audiences given his 25 years of experience developing rape prevention programs and 10 years of working directly with military agencies as a trainer, consultant, subject matter expert, and highly qualified expert.  He currently serves as a Civilian employee of the U.S. Army (SES) as the Highly Qualified Expert for Sexual Assault Prevention with the U.S. Army SHARP program. 

 

In his years of service to the military, Dr. Foubert has done several things.  Dr. Foubert briefed the leaders of SAPRO at the Pentagon about how to prevent sexual violence.  In addition, he has testified before Congress, briefing the House Armed Services Committee subcommittee on Military Personnel regarding how to prevent rape in the military.  

 

Dr. Foubert has a long-standing working relationship with the U.S. Naval Academy.  He was a chief architect and author of the USNA SHAPE program -- a 16 part educational program for midshipmen about sexual violence.  He also partnered with the U.S. Army in Europe (USAREUR) to write a military-specific rape prevention program.  At the end of this work, he briefed 4 star General Carter Hamm on the findings.

 

Below are several programs he often presents to military audiences:

 

How Pornography Harms: The Effects of Sexually Explicit Media on Sexual Violence

 

The 100 billion dollar porn industry wants us to believe that they provide a service to society that empowers women to make liberating choices about expressing their sexuality. Survivors from the industry and scientific research consistently tell the opposite story. Exposure to pornography leads to many harms to the viewer on a number of levels.  These harms include increased chances of committing sexual violence, increased loneliness, increased depression, and decreased sexual functioning.  This lively brief shares the results of extensive research and interviews with people who have a wide variety of experiences with pornography.  Information on how to get help with troublesome pornography use is included. This provocative brief will give you a lot to think about. 

 

Time: This session takes about 60 minutes to present, you can add time for Q&A as desired.

 

Rape Trauma and The Brain: How to Interpret Statements Made by Survivors

 

The point of this session is to teach participants how the brain and body react to sexual trauma, and why those who survive rape act and say things that can be counterintuitive.  In this session, research is reviewed regarding what happens in a trauma survivor’s brain during an assault.  This is done so that participants can better understand the sometimes confusing reactions that people have to being sexually assaulted.   A real-world case of trauma caused by rape is then reviewed as a way to exemplify the material.   Next, the presenter reviews the stages of PTSD and, in an interactive fashion, has participants compare a case study of rape to the stages of PTSD.  Participants come up with dialogues that are likely to be used by rape survivors in various stages of PTSD.  This is done so that participants can understand how survivors often change how they describe the assault and, at times, may even deny that it occurred.

 

Time:  This session takes 60-75 minutes to present.  Time for Q&A can be added as desired.

 

Survivor and Perpetrator Characteristics: What You Should Know

 

A discussion of the common characteristics of survivors and the common characteristics of perpetrators are reviewed, in order to advance participants’ understanding of who is most likely to assault and be assaulted.  A video clip is used to teach audience members the techniques often used by perpetrators.  An interactive dialogue then takes place about these perpetrator characteristics, helping participants determine the kind of behavior that can hurt morale in a unit.

 

Time:  This material takes about 30 minutes to present.

 

Improving the Quality of Bystander Intervention Training: Free Approaches that Work

 

In this session, we review why bystander intervention is an effective rape prevention programming idea.  We also discuss how to implement a free, research-based bystander intervention program that focuses on survivor empathy, helping a friend, and bystander intervention.  Results from a pilot study from USAREUR can be discussed if time allows.

 

Time:  This material takes 45-60 minutes to present. 

Ending Rape with The Men’s Program 

 

Ending Rape with The Men’s Program “The Men’s Program” opens with a non-confrontational tone, defining rape and sexual assault. Next, participants view a 15 minute video where a police trainer describes a rape experience that is used to develop men’s understanding of and empathy toward rape survivors. After noting that the experience the police officer had is similar to that which has been experienced by one in four college women, participants learn to help a woman recover from a rape experience who comes to them seeking assistance and support. Participants hear what men can do in their own behavior to help prevent rape including defining consent and using effective bystander intervention strategies. The final section focuses on bystander intervention in situations involving alcohol and sexual assault. In this interactive section, participants are taken through a guided imagery of an alcohol-related rape and are taught effective ways that they could intervene if they come upon such a situation. Participants brainstorm ways to apply this new information to their own social groups. Research has shown that this brief not only teaches men how to help women recover from rape and increases their empathy toward female rape survivors, but that high risk men who see the brief commit 40% fewer incidents of sexual assault than men who don't. This brief can be presented to audiences as small as 1 to as large as 1,000 men.  A ‘train the trainers’ workshop can be done for anywhere from 4-20 men in 15 hours – usually over 2 days.

 

Time: 1 hour presentation or 15 hour train-the-trainers.

Ending Rape with The Women’s Program (1 hour presentation or 15 hour train the trainers) 

 

Ending Rape with The Women’s Program Because few women perceive themselves to be potential victims of rape, The Women’s Program focuses on how to identify men’s potentially high-risk behavior and how women can be effective bystanders with their friends in high-risk situations, particularly those involving alcohol. In addition, the brief focuses on how to help a friend recover from sexual assault without blaming the survivor. During the brief, participants learn characteristics of men who rape and the situations in which men are most likely to commit rape. We discuss how to identify red flags in men’s behavior and how to help ones friends identify these behaviors. We also discuss ways participants can help sexual assault survivors and explain that helping sexual assault survivors involves understanding the needs of the survivor as well as self-limitations. In the end, participants are engaged in discussion of bystander intervention scenarios and talk about how they can help their friends avoid risky situations. Research shows that participants become more likely to intervene as bystanders in sexual assault situations. This brief can be presented to audiences as small as 1 to as large as 1,000 women.  A ‘train the trainers’ workshop can be done for anywhere from 4-20 women in 15 hours – usually over 2 days.

 

Time: 1 hour presentation or 15 hour train-the-trainers

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