_We CAN combat sexual violence through early youth intervention.
PROJECT RESPECT.ORG works to combat sexual and gender based violence amongst South Dakota’s Native American and disadvantaged youth by promoting healthy, responsible and respectful relationships through holistic and contextually relevant capacity building activities that instigate confidence building, peer education, cultural preservation and positive social change, with the intended outcome of increased educational and economic opportunities.
For Boys and Young Men
All young men, Native and non, are invited to to participate in our social media campaign, which aims to stop derogatory and degrading behavior towards women and girls over social media outlets.
Young men and youth are also be given the tools and resources to form support groups and clubs clubs led by males in the community who provide guidance, mentorship and fellowship to younger males. Cultural and traditional elements are incorporated in program curriculum for Native American youth, with a focus on Lakota values and the sanctity of respectful relationships.
For Girls and Young Women
PROJECT RESPECT.ORG aims to encourage women and girls to examine the complete physical, mental, spiritual, economic, and social well-being of all women and girls, which can be achieved when they have the economic capability, social power and resources to make healthy decisions for themselves, their families, and their communities.
Because girls and women of color are often denied resources to make this a reality, PROJECT RESPECT.ORG provides education and positive outlets through writing, art, community service and other venues to make their empowerment possible. Our goal is for girls to be educated and empowered to make healthy decisions to ensure that they have the knowledge and tools to pursue educational and economic opportunities.