Using the SASH Club Power Topics:
No, they are for everyone. Anyone can download and share the presentations to start the discussion in your school or community about sexual harassment and assault, even if you don’t start a SASH Club chapter.
Yes, these .pdf formatted slide presentations are free for anyone to instantly download and use for non-profit, educational purposes. There is no registration required. We ask that you please do not alter or revise any Power Topics slides. If you personally create additional content for your group, please do not use the SASH Club logo on those materials.
Not necessarily. Our listed order is one option you can use, but you can pick and choose any topic you want, at any time. Click the preview icon for each topic to quickly review the slides and choose the presentations most appropriate for your group.
Most presentations run about 30 minutes, including discussion breaks built in for participants to share their thoughts and opinions. The diverse views and experiences of the members of your group — including those of all genders, races, ethnicities, and orientations — are essential to a robust exchange of ideas. You should actively promote discussion and take as much time as needed to make sure everyone is heard.
Students Against Sexual Harassment (SASH Club) is a project of Stop Sexual Assault in Schools (SSAIS), a national nonprofit specifically created to address sexual harassment and assault in K-12 schools. The SASH Club Power Topics presentations were written and approved by our large team of advocates, teachers, students, and experts.
The SASH Club Power Topics presentations are designed for anyone ages 13 and above, but are generally written for high school aged students. We recommend that all presentations be previewed before use by an adult advisor or other knowledgeable person.
Many SASH Club Power Topics presentations have downloadable presenter notes represented by the icon to the right of the presentation download button. You should also talk to an adult advisor or other knowledgeable person for support and guidance before presenting any SASH Club Power Topics presentation.
Some presentations may have notations in places to show a short video. We recommend that you download in advance any video(s) accompanying a presentation, using the icons on the webpage. Or if you have connectivity when showing the presentation, you may go to the SASH Club YouTube channel where you will find all of the videos.
Starting a SASH Club:
Not at all! You can start a SASH Club chapter in a school, youth organization, community group, scouting or youth faith-based organization, or without an affiliation to any organization. You can even form a virtual SASH Club and organize completely online.
Please visit the Start a SASH Club page and download the How to Start a SASH Club Guide which outlines all of the steps to start a SASH Club and provides useful resources. On this webpage you can also download an introductory slide presentation to share at a student club open house or post online to announce your SASH Club chapter and recruit members. There is also a downloadable flyer to announce your SASH Club chapter and recruit members.
We recommend you have one or more adult advisors for your SASH Club chapter to support actions and activities. They can also provide perspective and context to guide use of the SASH Club Power Topics presentations. Adult advisors can be parents, school staff, counselors, young adult or college-age mentors or members of the community.
For a SASH Club at a school, faculty advisors will likely be required. They will help get approval to conduct activities in the school.
All SASH Club adult and faculty advisors should be aware of their state laws defining mandated reporters, who are required by law to report suspected child abuse and possibly child-on-child sexual misconduct to a state child protective services hotline or to law enforcement.
If your club includes an adult advisor with mandated reporter obligations the club should review strategies that include use of hypotheticals for youth sharing specific situations. See the SASH Club Power Topics presentation on Confidentiality for more information.
We encourage you to register your SASH Club with us to receive important updates and news. We only ask for your name, email address, state of residence, and the type of club. But registration is not required to use any of the tools.
If You Have Been Sexually Assaulted:
- Get away from the attacker to a safe place as fast as you can.
- Call a friend or family member you trust. You also can call a crisis center or a hotline to talk with a counselor.
- Collect the evidence even if you are unsure whether you will file a complaint.
- Seek medical attention.
- While at the hospital, ask the hospital staff to connect you with the local rape crisis center.