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Sex Positive Violence Prevention

We've spent a lot of time figuring out what the spectrum of sexual violence looks like, but do we have concrete ideas about what the alternative is? Healthy sexuality is a complex and nuanced subject area that allows us to explore the positive, healthy, fulfilling, and violence-free expressions of sexuality.

Infusing healthy sexuality messaging into your work will likely require preparation. Do you know why healthy sexuality is an integral part of our prevention work? How can you make your prevention messages sex positive? Do you know what tools you can use?

Foundations of Healthy Sexuality as Violence Prevention

WCSAP developed a 2-hour online course on the significance of healthy sexuality as a sexual violence prevention strategy. In this course you will learn the basic argument of why this approach is useful and examples of how to integrate this into your work.

Incorporating Healthy Sexuality Messages

WCSAP hosted a 90 minute web training by Ross Wantland and Kim Rice, "Doin' It Well: Approaching Sexual Violence Prevention from a Sex Positive Framework", that explains the importance of a sex positive approach. The presenters share ideas for incorporating this approach in violence prevention programming, skills for hosting sexuality discussions, and tips for creating a program outline. Access the recording and additional handouts and resources to learn more.


  • The WCSAP library has a wealth of books, curricula, and DVDs that can help you do healthy sexuality work! WCSAP members can check out items for free -- here are just a few of what's available:
    • What You Really, Really Want, Jaclyn Friedman
    • The Purity Myth, Jessica Valenti
    • Sex Matters: The Sexuality and Society Reader, Mindy Stombler
    • S.E.X.: the all you-need-to-know progressive sexuality guide to get you through high school and college, Heather Corrina
    • Sex Ed and Youth: Colonization, Sexuality, and Communities of Color, Jessica Yee
    • Yes Means Yes! Visions of Women's Sexual Power & a World without Rape, Jaclyn Friedman & Jessica Valenti
Reviewed: September 29th, 2016