Thank you to Deana Puccio from The RAP Project for giving a series of open and insightful talks to Senior School students this week.

Deana is co-founder of The RAP Project, which she set up in 2013 to raise awareness about personal safety and prevention of sexual assault amongstĀ  teens and young adults. Deana is the mother of three daughters and, before moving to London in 2001, she was Assistant District Attorney in New York City and worked in the Sex Crimes/Special Victims Unit of the Kings’ County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn.

Deana spoke to students in Years 7, 8 and 9 about what young ‘digital natives’ are doing online, helping them to understand the negatives as well as the positives of life online as well as giving practical guidance around maintaining a positive digital footprint, protecting privacy, setting boundaries and practicing kindness online.

Deana’s talk to students in Years 10 and 11 explored how adult material online is influencing teenagers’ behaviour, expectations and attitudes and again gave practical advice on how to safely navigate situations such as parties and festivals.

After half term, Deana will be returning to Walthamstow Hall to give a timely talk to Sixth Form students on ‘The Big Leap’, the dramatic transition from School to university, gap years and the world beyond.

For more information on work of The RAP Project, which also includes resources for parents, go to http://therapproject.co.uk/


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