A Health Equity Approach to Preventing Sexual Violence

Publish Date: 
2021
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Sexual harassment, abuse, and assault can have short- and long-term physical, emotional, and psychological effects on a person’s well-being and impact an entire community, from the culture and connections between people to the economic toll. Preventing sexual violence means we all must address deep-rooted abuses of power that contribute to inequities in health, safety, and well-being. 

A health equity approach to preventing sexual violence means that we need to both understand and address the factors that contribute to violence and safety and factors that expose some communities — especially communities that have been historically oppressed — to higher rates of sexual violence. This publication from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and Prevention Institute offers insight into how preventionists can employ a health equity approach and spotlights several promising efforts around the U.S.

To truly prevent sexual violence, we must address abuses of power — from the interpersonal to the societal. This publication from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and Prevention Institute offers insight into how employ a health equity approach to sexual violence prevention by exploring the following themes:

  • Elevating community leadership and resilience
  • Creating spaces for healing in prevention efforts
  • Facilitating internal organizational change
  • Addressing underlying factors that contribute to violence and safety
  • Partnering across fields and movements

A Heath Equity Approach to Preventing Sexual Violence can be downloaded from NSVRC’s website.

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