NYSCASA has been a New York State Department of Health designated Center of Excellence for the Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence since 2010, but we have always provided training and technical assistance on the prevention of sexual violence to our member programs and other allies interested in ending sexual violence.
At NYSCASA, we believe that:
- Prevention should focus on promoting healthy relationships, respect for all people, and equality across the gender, social, and economic spectrums
- Ending sexual violence is possible, but that it requires a societal shift in the norms we promote
- This shift will occur if prevention efforts and non-violent norms are supported and reinforced on multiple levels
- Prevention efforts should be undertaken with the goal of minimizing the risk factors for perpetration, because sexual violence will only end when there are no longer people committing sexually violent acts
- Funding for this work is critical, but that it must not be at the expense of funding for victim services
Read more about NYSCASA’s beliefs about prevention in our Prevention Position Statement