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Addressing Sexual Bullying Across Europe (ASBAE)

Addressing Sexual Bullying Across Europe (ASBAE)

Addressing Sexual Bullying Across Europe ASBAE

The Addressing Sexual Bullying Across Europe (ASBAE) project was a two-year EC Daphne-funded project, co-led by Dr Kate Milnes and Dr Tamara Turner-Moore, that took place from January 2013-2015. The Leeds Beckett team (Kate Milnes, Tamara Turner-Moore, Brendan Gough) worked in collaboration with five NGOs, including Demetra Association (Bulgaria), Institute for Enhancement and Development of Quality of Life (PAPILOT; Slovenia), Leap Confronting Conflict (UK), Pepita Societá Cooperativa Sociale onlus (Italy) and Resource Centre for Women (MARTA; Latvia).

The ASBAE project focused on sexual bullying (encompassing sexual harassment, bullying about sexual identity or expression, and transphobic bullying) amongst young people in five European countries: Bulgaria, Italy, Latvia, Slovenia and the UK. The project aimed to:

  1. Explore awareness and experiences of sexual bullying among 13- to 18-year-olds;
  2. Gather young people’s and professionals’ views about how best to tackle and prevent sexual bullying;
  3. Develop, in partnership with young people, a workshop to empower them in recognising and addressing sexual bullying;
  4. Develop training packages for young people to deliver the workshop to their peers, and for adults to support young people in delivering the workshop.

Working in partnership with young people (aged 13-18) the project team conducted research with 253 young people and 37 professionals in the field of child education and protection about their understandings and experiences of sexual bullying among young people and their ideas for tackling and preventing it. The executive summary of the research can be accessed here and the full research report can be accessed here.

Drawing upon the research findings, the project team worked with young people to develop “the ACT Pack”. The ACT Pack contains a set of workshop materials to raise awareness of sexual bullying amongst young people and to provide them with strategies for responding to it, and a set of training materials to train young people to deliver the workshop to their peers with the support of an adult facilitator. English, Italian, Bulgarian and Slovenian language versions of the ACT pack can be accessed here. In Latvia, a ‘pre-training’ manual was developed for MARTA Centre to deliver initial training to professionals who are interested in using the ACT pack; upon completion of this initial training, professionals are given the Latvian language version of the ACT pack. Latvian professionals interested in attending the initial training should contact MARTA Centre.

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