Gender Based Violence for Learners

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Step One

Step One

Students are invited to watch the video above, complete a short reading and answer the questions below.

Watch the video above (upper left)

Follow the link What is Shape Your Life?

Answer the questions below:

  1. Why does Shape Your Life work?
  2. Why is regaining control of the body important to SYL boxing members?
  3. Many view boxing as a violent sport and wonder how boxing is effective for survivors of gendered violence. After completing the reading, what have you learned about trauma informed boxing and its impacts on SYL boxing members?

(Allow students 15 minutes to watch the short video, read why shape your life works and answer questions 1-3)


Step Two

Step Two

Students will watch video above and answer the questions below in a journal. This will give students the opportunity to really reflect on healing, trauma and other forms of therapy. You may then ask students to spread GBV awareness by sharing their regions prevalence data.

Watch the video above (upper right) ** Students have already been asked to watch this video?**

Follow the link Explore SYL

**This link should take students to a different part of the site**

Answer the questions below:

  1. Why do you think the physical aspect of healing is important for those who have experienced violence?
  2. What do you think Sonnja means by "you need to physically get it out of your body... it lives there."
  3. Women who experience trauma are most likely offered "talk therapy" and medications to cope. Why might physical activity be helpful for survivors of trauma?
  4. What is the prevalence rate of violence in your region? SHARE this prevalence rate using the hashtag #TAKESHAPE

(Please allow 30 minutes to watch the video, complete the journal questions and share prevalence data... Additional time if you are able to invite students to share with the class what they reflected on)



Step Three

Step Three

This is a quick look at the SYL gym... Students may be interested in the set up and atmosphere.

Explore the Shape Your Life boxing gym Explore SYL Gym 1 and Explore SYL Gym 2

  1. Is there anything that stands out to you when looking around the gym?
  2. Can you name three of the flags located on the ceiling of the SYL gym?
  3. You will notice a large sign that reads "Absolutely NO SPARRING." Why is this significant at the SYL gym?
  4. Have you been to a boxing gym before? How does SYL look similar or different from a gym you have visited?

(Allow 10 minutes to explore the gym and answer the questions in open discussion)

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