Rape Prevention Education

24 HOUR CRISIS LINE: (831) 375-4357 • (831) 424-4357

The Monterey County Rape Crisis Center (MCRCC) provides comprehensive Rape Prevention Education (RPE) programs in Monterey County high schools. Our program includes classroom presentations, clubs, and campus events.

For more information on high school level classroom presentations please contact Elizabeth Cota at 831-373-3955.

MCRCC also provides prevention education services at the college level. For more information about our college campus presence click here

My Life Club

The My Life Club fosters an environment that empowers young women to embrace their strengths, make safe and healthy decisions in their lives, and create positive change in their communities.

The curriculum addresses three main objectives:

  • Decrease risk factors that contribute to sexual violence and gender oppression
  • Promote protective factors that support healthy adolescent development and future success
  • Build skills and experience mobilizing positive change and supporting a beloved community.

How do we do this?

Monterey County Rape Crisis Center (MCRCC) has established clubs for young women at several Monterey County high schools. Club sessions are held once a week throughout the school year during lunch or after school. The topics discussed during club sessions cover a wide array of issues that support students' in learning to:

  • Recognize attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate the cycle of sexual violence
  • Critically examine media messages and recognize the influence these messages have on our perceptions of self and others
  • Increase self-esteem and self confidence through activities that highlight strengths and build upon personal potential
  • Apply healthy communication strategies and boundaries in various situations
  • Identify allies and facilitate positive change within their community

In addition to weekly club meetings, students also organize awareness-raising activities on their school campuses and participate in community events.

Currently, you can find My Life clubs at Salinas High School, Gonzales High School, North Monterey County High School, Everett Alvarez High School, Seaside High School and Marina High School.

For more information on My Life club contact Elizabeth Cota at (831) 373-3955 or email her at elizabeth@mtryrapecrisis.org.

MyStrength Club

The MyStrength Campaign was developed by Men Can Stop Rape, a nonprofit organization in Washington DC. The campaign revolves around the theme "My Strength is Not for Hurting" and encourages young men to take action to end sexual violence and to build healthy relationships.  

The MyStrength campaign focuses on the positive aspects of strength and masculinity, targeting males between the ages of 14 and 18. The campaign is designed to raise awareness of sexual violence among youth and highlight the vital role that young men can play in fostering healthy and safe relationships.

MyStrength promotes:

  • Male positive, non-violent messages
  • Challenges traditional masculine roles
  • Discussions regarding healthy dating relationships, personal boundaries and issues of respect

You can find MyStrength clubs at Salinas High School, Seaside High School, Marina High School and Gonzales High School.

For more information on the MyStrength program contact: Carl Mucha at (831) 771-0411 or email him at carl@mtryrapecrisis.org.