Prevention Tips

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

WCSAP Webpage
February, 2013

Sitting through a presentation or training can be difficult, but every now and then there is one that just works. You are excited, engaged, and alert! You care! You want to be there!

What separates the wheat from the chaff? What made that training matter to you? If it mattered to others in the room as well, it is very likely the trainer's methods were informed by understanding adult learning styles.

Adults have specific needs around learning. We want to know what is in it for…

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Program Design
WCSAP Webpage
January, 2012

Besides having fun, kids are trying to figure out how to make their way through the social environment and feel accepted. It is our role to help create a change in the social environment that makes it "uncool" to use violence and ultimately to be a bully.

Enhance bullying prevention programs in schools and community organizations:

  • Create environments free from violence and hostility in which kids feel safe and can trust adults.…
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Strategies
WCSAP Webpage
February, 2013

It is often easier to understand concepts by using clear examples, so many bystander programs contain scripts, or potential events, that can occur during an intervention.

Bystander intervention programs exist to define moments of action and to remove doubt around who is responsible for taking action. We are all responsible, to our ability, for our community and the safety of those around us.

Sometimes people have difficulty determining whether they have a responsibility to…

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Bystanders
WCSAP Webpage
February, 2013

Prevention requires building lasting, meaningful relationships with your community. The below list, taken from Community Building: What Makes It Work, describes some of the key skills required in facilitators.

Understanding the Community
Successful community building efforts tend to have organizers who have a thorough understanding of the culture, social structure, demographics, political structure, and issues in the community.
Sincerity…
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Program Design
WCSAP Webpage
March, 2018

Why Work on the Community Level?

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…

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Strategies
WCSAP Webpage
February, 2013

Communities have varying levels of readiness in regards to different issues. Choosing a community with a high degree of readiness to engage in sexual violence prevention will optimize your chances for success. If you choose a community with low readiness, it is likely to be frustrating in addition not creating change. Communities with low and medium levels of readiness are better suited for information/awareness and skill building activities.

Conducting a readiness assessment can…

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Strategies
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…

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Healthy Sexuality, Schools & Campus
WCSAP Webpage
March, 2011

We know we want to end sexual violence but what do we want? Well for one, how about healthy sexuality & mutually enjoyable sexual encounters. Teaching skills on consent encourages us to think about ourselves, our partners, & sexual boundaries before sexual violence occurs.

Consent: In-Depth

The sexuality education and support organization Scarleteen provides real resources about teen sexuality. The article…

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Consent
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…

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Trafficking & CSEC, CSA Prevention
WCSAP Webpage
November, 2014

A comprehensive primary prevention strategy is comprised of multiple activities and messages that are logically connected and build upon one another. These types of strategies are designed to reach people and communities over a long period of time.

Effective strategies should target risk and protective factors for perpetration. According to the CDC, risk factors are associated with a greater likelihood of sexual violence (SV) perpetration. They are contributing factors and may or may…

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Strategies

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