Prevention Education

The prevention education department consists of one full time and one part time teacher who present educational programming to every school district in Lawrence County as well as the Lawrence County Career and Technical Center, Cray Youth Challenges, parochial schools, preschools and Head Start. Programs are also presented to the Lawrence County branch of Butler County Community College, Slippery Rock University and Westminster College.

Programs provided include:

  • Touching Safety (prevention of sexual abuse) to students in PreK-5th grade.
  • Peer Harassment and Bullying to students in 3rd-8th grade.
  • Healthy Relationships 2 day program to 7th and 8th grade students.
  • Dating Violence and Abuse 2 day program to students in grades 9-12.
  • Statutory Sexual Assault to students in 9th and 10th grade.
  • Presentations to junior and senior high students which address different types of abuse, how to get help, unhealthy and healthy behaviors in relationships, bullying, cyberbulling, bystander intervention, internet safety, and sexting.
  • SAVE4, an afterschool anti-violence club, which is available to every school district in the county.
  • Safe Dates, a 10 session, evidence based curriculum that focuses on every aspect of dating.
  • Professional trainings to school employees, the medical community and any other local professionals
  • Speakers to local community groups
  • Awareness materials at local health and community fairs

To schedule a speaker, please contact Sheila Fruit at 724-856-4315 or  The Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County empowers and advocates for those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes. We inspire and educate citizens to create safer ommunities and break the cycle of violence.

“I enrolled back in college and have been named to the Dean’s List each semester. I am working toward a degree in Social Work, so that one day I can look into the teary eyes of a broken woman and tell her without hesitation that she can have the life she dreams about; she can live without fear; she can find the strength to do it, because I too, was once a teary-eyed, broken woman who found help at the Crisis Shelter.”