All About Our Program...
My Body…My Life… is an educational empowerment program taught by law enforcement officers, rape prevention specialists and counselors to women in schools, colleges, universities, civic groups, church groups, businesses and organizations within the community. The program is proactive, multi-disciplinary and evidence-based in risk reduction techniques and issues surrounding violence against women. The program is designed to help empower women through awareness, education, violence prevention, risk reduction and appropriate self-defense techniques. This program was developed by officers and educators through partnerships within the community and the state to develop positive and proactive responses to the myriad of issues associated with violence against women.
The curriculum of My Body…My Life… is divided into ten working modules, with instruction of each module lasting from thirty to sixty minutes. The modular structure of the program allows the instruction to be adaptable to the needs and schedules of the group requesting the program, the environment provided for the program and the instructor and organization presenting the program. The modules can be taught as a single group, in one day, or in hourly increments across several days or even weeks. The program is flexible in its presentation and encourages collaboration between the instructor and the requesting organization to develop a partnership to identify, assess and address specific problems facing women. This partnership increases the ability of the instructor to address those problems and concerns more appropriately and with a greater level of success. The individual modules and topics can also be taught in a stand alone format, allowing short instruction at the request of schools, groups and organizations in the community.
My Body... My Life... Is the title of our program. The title describes what we want to facilitate and increase; the ability of every woman of every age to protect her body and her life. Our program is currently taught in every middle school and high school in Norman, Oklahoma. This encompasses two separate school districts, two private schools and the Moore-Norman Technology Center. Norman Police Officers teach this program in our public schools throughout the school year, on a continuous basis. Our officers also teach to sororities and student groups from the University of Oklahoma, women's organizations, clubs, church groups and businesses in Norman, Oklahoma. Our certified instructors teach this program to a myriad of women across Oklahoma, from middle school and high school students to adult women in government, businesses, church groups, civic organizations and even to military personnel. The author and developers of this program have presented My Body…My Life… to hundreds of different organizations, schools, businesses and conferences throughout Oklahoma. We believe that we have positively affected the lives of thousands of women across Oklahoma who have viewed our program or presentations. Thank you for your interest in our program. We hope to see you in a class soon!
What Participants Say About My Body...My Life...
Whenever we present our full program to women, we request that they let us know about their experiences in the class through the use of an evaluation form. We never ask for the names of the students, to allow them the anonymity to write what they truly believe. We have separated these endorsements by identifying only the group types that provided them to us. Students are the women who have actually taken the class and participated fully in its presentations. Professionals are the police officers, licensed counselors, nurses, doctors, rape and violence prevention specialists, teachers, school counselors, media and school administrators who have observed or taken our classes. Feel free to view the student comments on this page and professional comments on the endorsements page. We are very proud of our record with all of these individuals, organizations, businesses and community partners. Thank you to all of the individuals and groups who have shared in our program and in our hearts!
We utilize a short five question evaluation. Four questions relate to the perceptions of the person to the class. The fifth question is a control question. In twenty years of presenting this program in its many forms, we have never received a negative response to the control question. We feel that this is one of the most powerful statements about the importance and acceptance of our program by the women who have experienced the dynamic presentations, interactions and education provided through this program.
What Students Say About My Body...My Life...
"I'm really glad I took this class. It was really great and I'll take it again next year. I think all girls should take this class. Thank you!"
"This class was my eye opener. I enjoyed learning how to defend myself."
"The officers were very nice and funny and made me realize not to be so gullible and not to believe everything guys tell you!"
"The instructors are funny, but they talk to us in a way that we can understand, especially things about relationships and even rape."
"I think the class is amazing and that you guys should keep this class going. You guys were a huge impact on my life. I thank you guys so much!!!"
"I am so happy that I took this class, I have learned a lot!"
"Expand the program. Please!"
"I am going to take this class every year, until I graduate!:)"
"If you add more instructors, make sure they are funny and goofy, just like you all!"
"I am so grateful for the cops coming to teach us these things, because I have had friends raped and hurt. Having this class every year from 7th grade through college can help drop the number of rapes. I hope to see you guys again next year."
"You guys rock!!! Keep it up!"
"I think this program is really good for a lot of girls, especially girls whose moms don't teach them safety and common sense. My mom taught me a lot of the common sense stuff, but some of my friends are completely clueless."
"I would say keep this class going and NEVER, EVER, EVER stop doing this. Just keep up the good work!"
"It was a good class, and well taught, so that a majority of us could understand it and have fun doing it."
"Thank you for what you are doing. Rape affects too many women. I hope this class will change that."