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Prevention is simple

March 31, 2010

Prevention is simple.

Prevention of sexual violence* is simple. It seems complicated because we have so many false conceptions about prevention: watch your drink, don’t walk alone at night, be assertive, trust your intuition, take a self defense class, and so on.  The messages are based on myths about sexual violence (people are assaulted by strangers, rape is just a miscommunication, sexual assault always happens in dark alleys) and do nothing to prevent it. They give us a false sense of safety because they seemingly put the key to prevention in everyone’s hands. In fact, the only person who can prevent an act of sexual violence is the person who commits the act.

Prevention is simple.  It means not being sexually violent. It means requesting and receiving consent or permission before sexual contact. It means shifting the focus and responsibility for prevention from potential victims to perpetrators.  We as a society have the power to hold perpetrators accountable by refusing to tolerate sexual violence and by educating ourselves to the nature and scope of sexual violence.

This April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we are taking our “Prevention is simple” message to the world! With the new Prevention Blog the Sexual Violence Center is releasing videos of sexual violence prevention tips, guaranteed to work, to the public. These videos take conventional messages of prevention and flip them, moving from messages focused primarily on potential victims to focusing on potential perpetrators, creating true prevention messages. Click here to view the videos.

With the launch of this new blog we will be focusing on prevention of sexual violence – what it is, how it happens, and what you, dear reader, can do to help! This blog will contain posts on education, activism, prevention, current events as well as suggestions of ways to get involved. Check back often to learn more about what you can do to prevent sexual violence. We need your help!

*Sexual Violence is defined as any unwanted sexual contact. Sexual violence occurs when someone attempts to gain power and control over another person through sexual contact. Sexual violence is an umbrella term used to define many different acts of sexual violence, including but not limited to: sexual assault, sexual abuse, rape, fondling, touching, sexual harassment, stalking, incest, child sexual abuse, etc.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jim Skoog permalink
    April 9, 2010 6:12 pm

    Bravo on your prevention campaign. Your messages truly are “true” prevention messages. I am so happy to finally see a campaign aimed at the assaulters(or potential assaulters) rather than always focusing on victims(or potential victims). The only person who can prevent an act of sexual violence is the person who commits the act! Way to go SVC! I applaud your bold and refreshing approach, I hope others follow your lead!


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