Alexa Rostovksy Joins Talk Project, a Summer 2018 Peer-to-Peer Sexual Violence Prevention Program for Los Angeles High School Students
BEVERLY HILLS, CA / ACCESSWIRE / July 30, 2018 / While many high school students are working summer jobs or taking a break from curricular studies, Alexa Rostovsky, soon-to-be junior at Los Angeles’ Harvard Westlake School, will be training to become a youth leader with the Talk Project - ‘a cultural movement and effective educational workshop designed by students for students to combat sexual violence’. This unique peer-to-peer model is an initiative of the National Council of Jewish Women with proven results, offering program participants a holistic, interactive learning approach framed by inclusivity. In her role as an educator, Ms. Rostovsky intends to tackle the prevalent and persistent issue of sexual violence which Forbes describes as ‘an epidemic’ with 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men in the United States experiencing some form of abuse over the course of their lives, according to data compiled by the NSVRC.
Reflecting on her motivation to join the project, Alexa Rostovsky recalls being inspired by a presentation delivered by like-minded student educators to her sophomore year ‘Choices and Challenges’ class. She describes her excitement to participate in the program and to educate others as an opportunity towards ‘creating a cultural shift and something I can personally do to help put an end to this rape violence that has become detrimental to our society’. Building on the momentum of movements such as #MeToo and the Women’s March on Washington (the most attended protest in the United States since the 1960s-70s as reported by the Washington Post), Rostovsky looks forward to increasing awareness and inspiring change amongst her peers.
An astounding research report published by the National Institute for Justice which examines the economic ramifications of crime reveals that annual costs related to rape (USD $127 billion) exceed all other crimes (eg. assault [$93 billion], murder [$71 billion]) by a significant margin. Faced with hard truths such as these, Alexa Rostovsky explains she is driven to contribute towards positive change in society and a safer, more informed culture-aims which Talk Project seeks to facilitate through youth empowerment. Created and presented by students for students, the Talk Project offers participants an opportunity to strengthen their own skills in advocacy, teamwork, communications, and public speaking. Studies have found that program participants are significantly less likely to believe in rapemyths, and more likely to engage in protective behaviors and intervene if confronted with situations linked to sexual violence. An important component of the initiativeare paired screenings of the award-winning documentary The Hunting Ground, a film that examines the sexual violence epidemic facing American colleges. The Talk Project workshop is free and offered to Los Angeles area high school students. Visit ChangeTheTalk.org for more information.
Alexa Rostovsky dedicates much of her time to worthy endeavors in support of her community, having previously been bestowed by her school with the Humanitas Award in recognition of her volunteer work for numerous causes, including the Grossman Burn Foundation and a remote reading program benefiting children with learning disabilities. In her spare time, Alexa nurtures a passion for the culinary arts, horseback riding, dance and is a talented flautist.
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