Raise the Standard Prevention Program



Raise the Standard is a youth prevention program that has been serving the community and surrounding areas of Fayette County since 2012. Our speakers have been requested by middle and high school teachers in public and private schools, youth leaders, coaches and other group leaders. We have reached over 7,000 students since our beginning.

Our program offers a curriculum that is age-appropriate and based on current and medically accurate research. The sessions will help students by empowering them to develop healthy relationships built on respect and free from violence and intimidation. We want to help youth identify vulnerabilities and seek help for any unhealthy relationship that could lead them into sexual exploitation, abuse, and trafficking.

Our Mission

The goal is simple; to keep students safe. We seek to prevent human trafficking, protect students, and offer pathways of engagement to be a part of the solution to end slavery.

Why Us?

Refuge for Women is the nation’s leading aftercare source for sexually trafficked and exploited victims. Hundreds of survivors stories have given us an inside look into what causes victims to be trapped into a life of vulnerability and exploitation. Our first-hand experience has led us to realize the extreme need for awareness and prevention efforts among youth. The Raise the Standard program seeks to give students the knowledge that they need to make wise decisions about their sexual health.

What Makes Us Different?

We tackle some of the typical topics of other programs but go a step further to address harder topics such as human trafficking, pornography, and online predators. The curriculum is available for both secular and faith-based organizations.

Why Is It Needed?

The time for youth to have a safe place to discuss safety, relationships, and self-worth has never been more critical than in today’s highly sexualized society. We understand how easy it is for students to access compromising content. We get that today’s culture has drawn it’s youth into a pattern of extreme amounts of screen time and heightened privacy, making them vulnerable to online predators. Bringing prevention and awareness to youth via a conversational platform will allow students the opportunity to think about and discuss their questions, fears, and concerns without judgement. Through this prevention program we hope to bring awareness to how porn, sex, trauma, and a lack of safety, self-worth and self-esteem are all interconnected when leading vulnerable youth into sexual trafficking and exploitation.


Startling statistics:

Youth victims of sexual exploitation have particularly severe symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, truancy, and conduct disorder.

Attorney General of Kentucky:

May 2017; Arrest made via an investigation led by the Attorney General, a Georgetown man charged with 100 counts of child pornography possession.

Kentucky Attorney General Office of Cyber Crimes History:

Launched 433 child pornography investigations

Obtained 131 child pornography convictions

Executed 205 search warrants

Seized 696,487 hild pornographic images and videos

Nine out of ten boys and six out of ten girls are exposed to pornography online before the age of 18. The first exposure to pornography among boys is 12 years old.
— 1 Cole, J., Sprang, G., Lee, R., & Cohen, J. (2014). The Trauma of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Youth. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. First published online. 2 Eads, M. (2017, May 15). Scott County man charged with 100 counts of child-porn possession. Retrieved from http://www.kentucky.com/news/local/crime/article150566472.html 3 Cyber Crimes Unit. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://ag.ky.gov/criminal/dci/cybercrimes/Pages/default.aspx 4 Why Internet Accountability is Like Insurance. (2014, July 24). Retrieved from http://www.covenanteyes.com/2013/03/29/internet-accountability-is-like-insurance/

Invite Us To Speak

The Student Prevention program can be tailored to meet the needs of any student group, including faith-based or secular. We are available to speak for a 1-hour session or three 60-90 minute sessions. We can address large audiences or groups as small as 25.

For speaking engagements in the Fayette County area, there is no charge. Engagements that require travel would involve travel expenses.  


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