Askwith Essentials: Promoting Healthy Relationships

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On April 4, the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Making Caring Common (MCC) Project and Game Change: The Patriots Anti-Violence Partnership will hold an Askwith Forums panel to examine the state of sexual violence in schools and how both public and private actors are working to encourage a safer educational sphere.

Sexual Misconduct is Common in Schools

  • An American Association of University Women study found that nearly half of all students — 52 percent of girls and 35 percent of boys — say they have experienced sexual harassment at school
    • 30 percent of female rape victims are first raped between the ages of 11–17
    • At least 1 in 5 high school women and 1 in 10 high school men experience dating violence

Game Change: The Patriots Anti-Violence Partnership

  • Game Change is a partnership between the Massachusetts Attorney General and the New England Patriots that has trained students and faculty at 90 Massachusetts high schools to prevent sexual violence and focus on training students to become peer educators in anti-violence strategies


  • Nicole Daley, program director, Start Strong Boston, Division of Violence Prevention, Boston Public Health Commission
  • Mynaja Ferguson, senior, Boston Latin Academy
  • Justine Fonte, director of health and wellness, The Dalton School, New York
  • Robert Kraft, founder, chairman and CEO, the Kraft Group; owner, New England Patriots
  • Josh Kraft, President, New England Patriots Charitable Foundation; Nicholas President and CEO, Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston

Moderator: Richard Weissbourd, Ed.D. ’87, senior lecturer on education and director of the Making Caring Common project, HGSE

Introduction: James Ryan, dean and Charles William Eliot Professor, HGSE