Sexual Assault Prevention Evaluation Checklist: MCASA’s Sexual Assault Prevention Evaluation Checklist serves as a user-friendly guide that explains what prevention evaluation can look like and what is involved in the evaluation process. This checklist is designed to be a technical assistance guide for programs that are looking to include evaluation strategies in their prevention work.
MCASA’s Speak Up. Speak Out. focuses on engaging bystanders in preventing sexual violence on college campuses statewide. To learn more about this prevention campaign, visit the Speak Up. Speak Out. website.
MCASA’s How Guys Can Help Prevent Sexual Violence on Campus Brochure: Men are a critically important partner in preventing sexual violence. This brochure is a resource for engaging college men in preventing sexual violence on campus. It includes information on the effects of sexual assault, prevention tips, and resources. To download this brochure, click here.
MCASA’s Power of One Campaign: MCASA’s Power of One Campaign was created to show the power that even one individual can have. It uses the three D’s* to illustrate the options you have when it comes to preventing sexual violence. For more information about this campaign, visit our Power of One page.
The Rape and Sexual Assault Prevention Program (RSAPP) was created by the Maryland Department of Health to reduce the statewide incidence of rape and sexual assault and improve service delivery to victims of this violent criminal act. The two main components of the Rape and Sexual Assault Prevention Program are a school-based component and a community-based component. To learn more, visit the RSAPP website.
Green Dot is a violence prevention strategy that teaches everyone personalized skills needed to stop rape, partner violence and stalking from happening. It also teaches each of us how we can promote safety in the environments in which we interact every day. To learn more, visit the Green Dot website.
Bringing in the Bystander is a program from the Prevention Innovations Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. It focuses on the bystander approach in preventing sexual violence. The program takes on a community approach to prevention and teaches people how to intervene in problematic situations. To learn more, visit the Bringing in the Bystander webpage.
Men Can Stop Rape’s mission is to mobilize men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence, especially men’s violence against women. Instead of helping women reduce their risk of being victims of men’s violence, this campaign focuses on helping men use their strength in positive ways in all of their relationships. For more information, visit the Men Can Stop Rape website.
Coaching Boys into Men is a program from Futures Without Violence that focuses on engaging men and boys in the prevention of sexual violence. The program focuses on the influential relationships between athletic coaches and young athletes and promotes respectful behaviors, emphasizing prevention of harassment, relationship abuse, and sexual violence. For more information about this program, visit the Coaching Boys Into Men Webpage.
Hollaback is a movement to end street harassment powered by a network of local activists around the world. They work together to better understand street harassment, to ignite public conversations, and to develop innovative strategies to ensure equal access to public spaces. For more information visit the Hollaback website.
PreventConnect is a national project of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) that focuses on primary prevention of sexual violence. PreventConnect provides resources on primary prevention and hosts web conferences on prevention-related topics. To learn more, visit the PreventConnect website.
National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) focuses on preventing and responding to sexual violence through resource-sharing, collaboration, and research. NSVRC provides resources on a variety of prevention-related topics, including statistics and research on prevention, information on prevention programming, and bystander intervention. To learn more, visit NSVRC’s website.
Rape Crisis Center (RCC) Quarterly Reporting Document: This document is from the ‘New Quarterly Reporting for Sexual Violence Prevention Activities Webinar’ held in March 2017 on the new reporting requirements for RCCs. RCCs are now required to use this form in reporting their prevention activities. To access this document, please click here. For technical assistance on this form or on best practices for evaluating prevention activities, please reach out to MCASA at [email protected]
Sexual assault is epidemic in the United States. About 1 in 5 women (18.3%) and 1 in 71 men (1.4%) in the U.S. have been raped at some time in their lives (NISVS, pg. 1). Often the perpetrator is someone the victim knows.
Given the prevalence of sexual assault, it is undeniable that communities of faith contain both survivors and perpetrators. These communities are often hotspots for abuse and negligence, but they also have the potential to be safe spaces of prevention and restoration.
How are religious leaders and faith communities to prevent sexual assault and to react when survivors or perpetrators come forth? Different faith communities may have different values and standards of action that are important to them. However, despite their unique values and beliefs, all faith communities should be prepared to support people in need of healing following sexual assault. Community leaders, including spiritual leaders, should be educated about sexual assault and develop partnerships with organizations and experts in the field who can help them to cultivate a community of safety and accountability.
The following organizations are working with faith communities to combat sexual assault:
The following documents will help spiritual leaders and communities to begin combatting sexual assault: