What is Sexual Violence?
Sexual violence is sexual activity that takes place when consent is not obtained or not freely given. It is a serious public health problem in the United States. Sexual violence impacts every community and affects people of all genders, sexual orientations, and ages—anyone can experience or perpetrate sexual violence. The perpetrator of sexual violence is usually someone known to the victim, such as a friend, current or former intimate partner, coworker, neighbor, or family member. Types of sexual violence include: sexual harassment, sexual assault, voyeurism, rape, and unwanted touching.
What is DPH Doing to Prevent Sexual Violence?
In recent years, the GA-SVPP has focused on implementing programs in schools to teach about teen dating violence, respecting women and girls, engaging males, understanding sexual bullying, and empowering female high school athletes to advocate for, and promote healthy relationships. Information about those programs can be found below:
Speak Up. Be Safe.
Coaching Boys into Men
Athletes as Leaders
1 in 4 & Beyond
Step Up. Step In.
GA-SVPP continues to focus on intervention and prevention strategies at the individual and school level. The program is broadening its reach and developing new partnerships by mobilizing the community to purposefully act to end sexual violence.
Sexual Violence is a serious issue that affects people of all ages, genders, races, and socio-economic levels. It takes on many forms, and in some ways, has have become socially acceptable. The best way to stop sexual violence is to prevent it. What does prevention look like? It starts with you. All it takes is one individual, one organization, one community to say I am, and we are, enough to prevent sexual violence.
DPH has established taskforces in areas across the state that will actively promote the prevention of sexual violence at the community level. The taskforces focus on four core areas: promoting social norms, teaching skills to prevent sexual violence, providing opportunities to empower girls and women, and creating protective environments. The taskforces aim to change the outcome of sexual violence by preventing it before it starts.
For more information about GA-SVPP or to start a taskforce in your area, please contact GA-SVPP Program Team Lead, Vanessa Corona at [email protected].
Page updated 11/29/2022