Freire’s Steps

Freire’s Steps:

  1. Learn about your audience.
  2. Learn what they already know.
  3. Analyze themes to find out “where they are. “
  4. Figure out how to meet them there.
  5. Allow education to motivate the audience to action. 

  1. Learn about Your Audience
  • Who are they?
  • What do we already know about sexual assault?
  • Who influences them?
  • What do they read and watch?
  • What do they think when they hear a rape talk is

Are you coming to their class?

  1. Learn What They Already Know
  • Statistics?
  • Probably not
  • Local program information?
  • Media messages?
  1. Analyze Themes to Find out “Where They Are.
  • Girls “cry rape” to get guys in trouble!
  • How come you never talk about men getting raped?
  • Why do girls say “Yes” all along and then at the last minute say, “No?” That’s NOT FAIR!
  • Don’t girls know that blue balls can kill you?
  • If they are both drunk, how come he gets in trouble?
  • Why do some girls think we are all rapists?
  • Why don’t you tell girls that there is a point when a guy can’t stop?
  • We have Comments like that!
  • Poor Guy! Poor Guy! Poor Guy!
  • What can we learn about men when we look at these questions?
  • Who is the victim?

In rape and rape prevention, we know that women are the victims and men are usually the perpetrators. Using statistics from the National Center for Women and Policing

  • 97% of the time, victims are women
  • 3% of the time perpetrator is a male

However, that’s not how most young men see it. Who do you suppose they see as the victims based on their comments? MEN! And who are the perpetrators? WOMEN who are falsely accusing them of rape. Often, men see themselves as the victims of sexual assault! It is CONTRARY to what we know about sexual assault. Young men see the whole rape prevention thing backward! So what do we do? It is a salient question.


I will discuss Steps 4 & 5 tomorrow.


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