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"Help us create a community without sexual violence.
If you cannot even imagine what that looks like, you are not alone.
But together we can begin to make that dream a reality."
 
Sexual violence affects both men and women. Both can be victims of sexual assault or have loved ones who have been, or will be, victims of sexual assault. Our goal is to stop sexual violence before it begins.

Understand the Issues

According to the Center for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention)  Sexual Violence (SV) refers to sexual activity where consent is not obtained or freely given. Anyone can experience SV, but most victims are female. The person responsible for the violence is typically male and is usually someone known to the victim. The person can be, but is not limited to, a friend, coworker, neighbor, or family member.
There are many types of SV. Not all include physical contact between the victim and the perpetrator (person who harms someone else) – for example, sexual harassment, threats, and peeping. Other SV, including unwanted touching and rape, includes physical contact.

Did you know?

Among high school students surveyed nationwide, about 8% reported having been forced to have sex.
An estimated 20% to 25% of college women in the United States have experienced an attempted or complete rape during their college career.
In the United States, 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men reported experiencing an attempted or completed rape at some time in their lives.
These numbers underestimate the problem. Many cases are not reported because victims are afraid to tell the police, friends, or family about the abuse.  Victims also think that their stories of abuse will not be believed and that police cannot help them.  They may be ashamed or embarrassed. Victims may also keep quiet because they have been threatened with further harm if they tell anyone.
There are many factors contributing to sexual violence.  We are working to improve protective factors and reduce risk factors contributing to sexual violence.  We are addressing some of those factors by implementing these goals:
  • Reduce attitudes, beliefs and behaviors that are supportive of sexual violence.
  • Increase social competencies among youth - planning and decision making, interpersonal competence, cultural competence, resistance skills, and peaceful conflict resolution.
  • Decrease bullying and/or sexual harassment.
  • Increase positive peer pressure.
  • Increase interventions to change attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors supportive of sexual violence.
  • Reduce the tolerance of sexual violence and other forms of violence in the community.
  • Mobilize the community to end sexual violence.
  • Reduce the norms that support sexual violence.
  • Increase positive, healthy, realistic images and representations of women.

We offer education and other assistance to professional groups including: organizations serving youth, men and boys, social service providers, mental health professionals, educators and administrators, college/university faculty and staff, coaches, public health professionals  human resource administrators, faith based organizations and other groups. Other groups served include students K-12 and college, parents, faith community members, civic groups and others.

Education Topics:

  • Bystander Intervention
  • Bullying and Sexual Violence
  • Gender Roles
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Interpersonal Competence
  • Masculinity and Sexual Violence
  • Media Literacy - deconstructing media messages
  • Peaceful Conflict Resolution
  • Planning and Decision Making
  • Policy and Organizational Practice
  • Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence - stopping it before it happens
  • Resistance Skills
     
     

Ashley Mowder, Primary Prevention Coordinator
254-752-9330 ext.141
amowder@advocacycntr.org
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