Lori Bumphrey accepting her certificate for completing the Date Safe program, “Can I Kiss You?”
The DATE SAFE Project, a global awareness program focused on education to reduce sexual assault, announced today the addition of 25 licensed new presenters of the “Can I Kiss You?” Program. Local middle schools and high schools have the opportunity to bring these presenters into their campuses free of charge.
Led by founder Mike Domitrz, The DATE SAFE Project has reached millions of people worldwide through the “Can I Kiss You?” Program since its inception in 2003. Through presentations given to hundreds of high schools, universities and military institutes annually and media appearances, Mike is able to further share the DATE SAFE Project message via multiple platforms and media channels.
The goal of the “Can I Kiss You?” Program is to teach kids and adults the how-to skills needed to reduce sexual violence, intervene with alcohol and parties, support survivors, and build healthier relationships. Lorie Bumphrey of Riverview Center, Mt. Carroll, Illinois, will begin presenting the program to local middle schools and high schools in the area immediately.
“Respect is at the core of teaching healthy intimacy,’’ Domitrz said. “The greatest way to insure you are respecting your own boundaries and your partner’s boundaries is to establish that you will always ask each other first before ever doing anything.”
Mike Domitrz was in college when he found out his sister was raped. Since that fateful day in 1989 he has made it his mission to make sure no one had to endure the pain his sister did. Domitrz travels speaking to students and parents close to 100 days a year, presenting the “Can I Kiss You?” program that inspires change in the lives of each audience member. The addition of the 25 newest presenters along with the 21 professionals who became licensed presenters last March, the country now has 46 presenters who will allow The DATE SAFE Project’s message to be spread more efficiently and to more people.
“I’ve always said if I could duplicate myself that more people would be able to hear my message,” Domitrz said, “With the additional 25 presenters (total of 46 presenters), we could be reaching thousands of people worldwide every day. That’s truly amazing.”
The “DATE SAFE Project” has reached millions of people worldwide. The addition of 25 licensed presenters will increase the programs outreach tremendously
What makes it all worth it:
• When a student says, “Today, I realized for the first time I have the right to have a CHOICE. I have the right to say, ‘No’.”
• When a student tweets, “I’ve changed,” DURING the show.
About DATE SAFE
The DATE SAFE Project, Inc. provides positive how-to skills and helpful insights for addressing verbal consent (asking first), respecting of boundaries, sexual decision-making, bystander intervention, and supporting survivors (opening the door for family and friends). Parents, educators, schools and universities, students, military installations, community organizations, state agencies, faith-based institutions, and the federal government utilize the engaging speakers, live presentations, online resources, educational materials, and licensing programs (including certification).
About Riverview Center
Lorie Bumphrey is the Violence Prevention Educator with Riverview Center. Riverview Center provides free and confidential services to survivors of sexual and domestic violence in Carroll and Jo Daviess Counties. To schedule a program, contact Lorie Bumphrey at the Riverview Center – 815-244-7704 or email@example.com.