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What is Prevention Education?

Prevention education refers to comprehensive education that is focused on addressing the root causes of interpersonal violence, or sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. Prevention strategies address the way individual, relationship, community, and societal factors impact interpersonal violence and aim to prevent violence before it occurs.

Effective prevention education requires using a comprehensive and multifaceted public health approach that examines the societal factors that shape the landscape around interpersonal violence, including attitudes, behaviors, beliefs, assumptions and social norms that are widely held. This is often referred to as “rape culture” as it encompasses the everyday behaviors and beliefs that are often perpetuated both on a micro level between individuals (such as in conversations) and on a macro level (widely being reflected at the institutional level, in policies, and in the media). Prevention education is focused on creating culture change by addressing the roots of rape culture.