Primary Prevention Resources

NYSCASA has a wealth of Prevention Resources. From the internationally renowned “My Strength” campaign, to our library, to our training and fact sheets, we believe that prevention is a vital component in ending sexual violence.

Here are some  recommendations from our staff member Chrys Ballerano:
Empowering Youth to End Domestic Violence.
Since one in three teens will experience abuse in a dating relationship and two-thirds of them will not report the abuse, Break the Cycle offers programs to engage, educate and empower youth to build lives and communities free of intimate partner violence.
Great educational tools to promote positive intimacy and switch the take away message from “No means no” to “Do you ask?”- To help clear-up the various misconceptions about sexual assault and consent, Mike Domitrz (author of “May I Kiss You?  A Candid Look at Dating, Communication, Respect, & Sexual Assault Awareness” available from the NYSCASA  library and editor of “Voices of Courage: Inspiration from Survivors of Sexual Assault”) has teamed up with educators, professionals, counselors, parents, administrators, students, and experts from around the world to start The Date Safe Project.
The Date Safe Project provides strong and positive voices for discussing sexual assault awareness, healthy dating, and specifically addressing consent.

Factors Associated With Women’s Risk of Rape In The Military Environment
Health hazards specific to women workers have not been adequately documented. This study assessed military environmental factors associated with rape occurring during military service, while controlling for pre-military trauma experiences. The goal of this exploratory study was to describe characteristics of rape victims and perpetrators and to attempt to identify workplace environmental factors associated with rape occurring during military service.
GirlThrive stands for Girl Teens Healing Rape and Incest Victoriously Emerge. We know that girls and young women heal from sexual abuse and this is a website designed by Dr. Patti Feuereisen, a psychologist from New York City that brings you real stories from real girls, real information from real experts, weblinks, and all kinds of helpful insights into sexual abuse and young women.
“We are reaching out to all teen girls and young women who have experienced sexual abuse, or who know someone who is a survivor, or who just want to know the truth about sexual abuse. We invite you to read other girls stories and Dr. Patti’s feedback, we invite you to enlighten us and to let us help you.”

GirlThrive is also the name for the scholarship fund Dr. Patti inaugurated to help incest survivors. It is the aim of this fund to assist survivors with college tuition so that they can escape from their molesters and to educate by donating the book “Invisible Girls” to young women everywhere.

Moving From Them to Us: Challenges in Reframing Violence Among Youth

This paper explores how youth and violence have been framed in the media, how the issue of race complicates depictions of youth and violence, and how public attitudes about government can inhibit public support for stratigies to effectively prvent violence. Commissioned by UNITY/Prevention Institute and written by the Berkeley Media Studies Group, This paper makes recommendations for thenext steps in reframing violence among youth.
This site was created by teens in Massachusetts to help you prevent relationship violence. Sponsored by The Ad Council, The Family Violence Prevention Fund, and CTIA The Wireless Foundation. It is an independent site of the Teen Action Campaign and the primary message is:  “There’s a difference between a good relationship and a bad one. Speak up against abuse.”
The site includes an online toolkit, referrals/resources links, helpful tips for victims and helpful tips for abusers who want to stop.

Tools for Change: An Introduction to the Primary Prevention of Sexual Assault
This document will introduce readers to primary prevention and to the concepts, terms and models that comprise this approach. It will explore the movement’s history for lessons learned and talk about how the work of preventing sexual violence connects directly and indirectly to the work that each of us in the movement does. Finally, it will help you talk the talk. We will explore the public health model and associated terminology so that you can use it if you need it (e.g., when talking with funders), but it will not be a main focus.

Key Findings from Child Sexual Abuse: The Need for a Perpetration Prevention Focus
Using the public health framework to guide efforts to prevent the perpetration of child sexual abuse, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s research translation of “Child Sexual Abuse: The Need for a Perpetration Prevention Focus” (Assini-Meytin et al., 2020) highlights programs that focus on preventing abusive behaviors as a necessary component to an overall prevention plan.

 Get Help

If you have been sexually assaulted, call the New York State Hotline for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.


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Search our program directory to find a rape crisis center in your area.


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