Prevention Fundamentals

We can fight sexual assault by working to make sure it never happens in the first place. Prevention theories address shifting behaviors, attitudes, norms, and systems that contribute to sexual violence. 


We can create cultures where consent is normalized and attitudes around healthy sexual behaviors are shifted. We can begin to build this culture by understanding and communicating about consent.

Preventing Child Sexual Abuse

Adults can take the lead in preventing child sexual abuse by contributing to safe and protective environments, by listening to children and respecting their boundaries, and by learning to recognize and respond appropriately to warning signs of abuse. 

Bystander Intervention

When we think of a problem as big as sexual violence, it can be hard to know how to help. Bystander intervention is one approach we can take by using everyday actions to keep our friends, family, and community safe.

Prevention in Schools

Research has consistently indicated that sexual violence at colleges is a pervasive issue. Campus communities should work together to plan and deliver comprehensive prevention strategies. 

Youth Online Safety

As young people spend more time online for learning and socializing, it is important to understand the risks of the digital world and discuss online safety. Parents and caregivers play a major role in helping young people stay safe online. 

Environmental and Situational Prevention

MCASA is excited to release our newest prevention tool Environmental and Situational Strategies for Sexual Violence Prevention: A Practitioners’ Guide to Leveraging Evidence for Impact on College Campuses. This guide provides a framework for practitioners interested in bringing environmental and situational prevention (ESP) strategies to their campuses.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Prevention is a yearlong process, but in April, we take the time to reignite our efforts during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. 

Prevention Resources

Expand your knowledge of prevention with additional prevention resources and links.

Newsletter: Frontline

Frontline, MCASA's quarterly eNewsletter, features articles on topics related to sexual assault prevention and response, in columns such as the Prevention Corner and the College Consortium. Frontline also includes articles on underserved populations, the impact of technology on sexual assault, and a Program Spotlight section that showcases the work of Maryland's local rape crisis center programs. 


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