Sexual violence is a major public health problem. According the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, in the United States, nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men have been raped in their lifetime, while 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men have experienced severe sexual violence victimization other than rape at some point in their lives. The Texas Department of State Health Services, in partnership with the Office of the Attorney General and Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, is implementing statewide primary prevention efforts by developing messages and programming to engage and organize communities. The overarching purpose of this program is to prevent sexual violence perpetration and victimization by implementing primary prevention strategies. Examples of how local organizations implement this program include educational seminars for youth in and out of the school setting, seminars for parents and other adult influencers in youth’s lives, training programs for professionals connected to youth, and training programs for students and campus personnel designed to reduce the incidence of sexual assault on colleges and universities We support local sexual assault programs as they implement a comprehensive primary prevention program using select Approved Activities and Community Change Strategies to address the goals identified in the Texas state sexual violence plan entitled Preventing Sexual Violence in Texas, A Primary Prevention Approach, 2010-2018.
For more information, please contact:
The Department of State Health Services
State Adolescent Health Coordinator
Office of Title V and Family Health
PO Box 149347, MC 1922
Austin, TX 78714-9347
Contact Adolescent Health Coordinator