Prevention Tips

The Prevention Tips provide quick, practical information on a variety of prevention tools and resources, plus WCSAP library materials.

Part 1: Language Matters
WCSAP Webpage
August, 2020

Messaging sexual violence prevention is such an important part of our overall strategy. However, it can be tricky to create a compelling and optimistic pitch for prevention that will reach a broad audience, while also navigating deeply embedded rape myths & victim blaming. That’s why there’s a lot of research about how people hear our messages and what can support greater behavior change. It’s clear that the ways in which we communicate about sexual violence and prevention really matters…

Topic
  • Best Practices
  • Program Design
WCSAP Webpage
March, 2018

Many sexual violence prevention efforts aim to change individual beliefs and attitudes that contribute to a culture where sexual violence is prevalent. While these strategies are an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to creating social change, a more comprehensive approach that addresses environmental and social factors that lead to these beliefs and attitudes is necessary in preventing sexual violence. Engaging in effective community level prevention is crucial in our efforts to…

Topic
  • Strategies
WCSAP Webpage
November, 2017

There are many things to consider when designing a prevention program and one of these is research on factors that may increase or decrease the likelihood of sexual violence perpetration. Preventionists can use research findings in combination with community-specific guidance in order to create a tailored program that is also informed by best practice research. This Tip will provide some considerations for preventionists when selecting and including risk factors in a prevention program.…

Topic
  • Program Design
  • Theory & Concepts
WCSAP Webpage
September, 2017

Many preventionists choose schools as a primary audience to deliver awareness presentations or prevention programs. That’s why working with schools to implement trauma-informed practices into classrooms and the school environment is an essential building block towards comprehensive prevention.

The King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) defines trauma-informed classrooms as “learning environments that work to address the educational needs of students who have experienced…

Topic
  • Schools & Campus
WCSAP Webpage
April, 2017

While we do have an emerging evidence base for effective prevention programs, it is still relatively limited and may not be appropriate for the community you are working with. Sometimes we hear that a research evidence-base is the most important factor in programming. However here in Washington State, and many other places too, we also prioritize community specific, community-driven prevention initiatives and these do not always have an evidence-base established. This tip shares resources to…

Topic
  • Best Practices
  • Theory & Concepts
WCSAP Webpage
September, 2016

We can deliver our prevention messages about healthy sexuality to many audiences but one of the most common is to youth in schools. When taking this approach there are a few things to consider — What guidelines are out there to guide the work? How do we get buy-in from schools? What tools will you use?

The Healthy Youth Act

In Washington State we are fortunate to have a few tricks up our sleeves when it comes to promoting healthy sexuality. Public schools that choose to…

Topic
  • Healthy Sexuality
  • Schools & Campus
Tips for Coaches
WCSAP Webpage
June, 2016

Many of us have heard the saying “it takes a village to raise a child.” Often parents are not the only people educating youth. Given the significant role that sports play for many young people and communities, coaches are in a position to greatly impact young athletes and shape community norms.

As preventionists, we can build partnerships with coaches by giving them the skills they need to positively shape their team culture. Try using these easy talking points to make the connection…

Topic
  • Schools & Campus
WCSAP Webpage
November, 2015

Using popular movies to examine issues of violence and oppression can be a fun and fresh way to engage young people in your community.

Here are a few film discussion guides that go along with popular movies:

Topic
  • Media Literacy & Technology
WCSAP Webpage
November, 2015

For many of us music can have an important and influential role in our lives. It's more than just a means of enjoyment though, it can also be a platform for communicating social norms. That's why a lot of prevention efforts include media literacy skills. As preventionists, one of our biggest roles is to facilitate meaningful conversations that will help lead communities towards prevention that is personal and more likely to be effective. Therefore before diving right into the fun of…

Topic
  • Media Literacy & Technology
WCSAP Webpage
September, 2015

Commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) is a form of child sexual abuse. It is sexual activity involving a minor in exchange for something of value, or promise thereof, to the child or another person or persons. The young person is treated as a commercial and sexual object.

Often when schools and communities request a CSEC program this is connected to increased media attention of CSEC or in response to a recent incident. Programming that defines the violence and focuses on…

Topic
  • Trafficking & CSEC
  • CSA Prevention