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.
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.
Anyone can take small actions to contribute to sexual violence prevention with bystander intervention. When you use the 3Ds to intervene in concerning or high-risk situations, it only takes one action to stop a potential sexual assault before anyone is harmed.
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.
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.
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.
Expand your knowledge of prevention with additional prevention resources and links.
Prevention is a yearlong process, but in April, we take the time to reignite our efforts during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
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