Sexual Assault Prevention
Sexual assault researchers and advocates are proposing the following policies and practices as ways to reduce and eliminate sexual assault.
- Increase womens' economic justice- livable wages, paid family care leave. etc.;
- Develop home-visiting nurse programs focusing on preventing child abuse and other forms of family violence- acting as a primary prevention (early sexual experience is a risk factor for perpetration);
- Develop and enforce workplace policies against violence against women;
- Facilitate male peer groups to recognize male’s role in violence against women;
- Implement school based curriculum targeting gender-role stereotyping, dating violence norms, conflict management skills, and help-seeking cognitive skills;
- Educate the community about the prevalence, forms and effects of sexual violence;
- Identify and promote healthy community norms that discourage sexual abuse, including norms from a diversity of cultures;
- Ensure that crisis services are available to victims;
- Develop and enforce social and legal sanctions to hold perpetrators accountable for their use of all forms of violence;
- Improve health care’s identification of and response to violence against women;
- Increase the utilization of services for victims and perpetrators of sexual violence;
- And provide comprehensive and culturally/linguistically appropriate community-based support and services to all survivors across their lifespan.