At MECASA, we ask everyone to do their part to end sexual violence- we ask why sexual assault occurs, and what behaviors we all can change to make a difference. We ask that everyone be an active bystander by standing up to bullying, aggression, street harassment, and sexism. We teach young people about healthy relationships, how to critically analyze media sources that objectify women (and men), and how to recognize and combat gender stereotypes. We help schools, businesses, and communities to create policies that promote respect and equality. Primary prevention is about changing our social and cultural norms in order to create a safer, healthier world for all of us.
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The Prevention Connection (Prevent Connect) is a project of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, sponsored by the US Centers for Disease Control. They deliver national training on primary prevention through webinars, podcasts, an active blog, and a moderated national listserv:
The Prevention Institute serves as a national focal point for primary prevention practice—promoting policies, organizational practices, and collaborative efforts that improve health and quality of life.
Though changing social norms has been a part of the anti-sexual violence movement since its beginning in the 1970’s and 1980’s, the term “primary prevention” was not systematically integrated into the work until the nation’s largest public health agency, the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC), began to address sexual violence in 2001. Thus, though the idea of addressing root causes is a fundamental component of our movement, the idea of addressing sexual violence as a public health issue through primary prevention is still a relatively new concept. This booklet explores those concepts and ways to use primary prevention in sexual violence prevention education efforts.
This publication, from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, is a key tool in sexual violence prevention work. This publication provides advocates, practitioners and educators with a guide for developing a comprehensive community approach to the primary prevention of sexual violence.
Created by the Centers for Disease Control, Beginning the Dialogue identifies concepts and strategies that may be used as a foundation for planning, implementing, and evaluating sexual violence prevention activities.
Written by staff from the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance and California Department of Health Services, this article appeared in the April 2007 issue of The Prevention Researcher. It highlights the foundations of effective sexual violence prevention that draw from both the feminist movement and from research based approaches in field such as public health.
Applying the Principles of Prevention: What Do Prevention Practitioners Need to Know About What Works?
This short article defines the nine principles of prevention education in straightforward language, with an action check list and examples for each one. It’s an excellent resource for educators seeking to improve the quality of their prevention programming.