Sexual assault is not a fact of life that we have to live with, and stopping it before it happens is a priority in North Carolina. The Rape Prevention and Education program, within the NC Division of Public Health, works with state partners and a nationwide program coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop the evidence base for what works to stop rape before it happens, and implement promising strategies.

Primary prevention strategies include:

  • Implementing primary prevention strategies such as engaging bystanders, educating youth about healthy relationships, and changing social norms;
  • Building state and local capacity for program planning, implementation, and evaluation; and
  • Implementing the North Carolina state sexual violence primary prevention plan.

Violence is a multifaceted public health issue, and to make lasting change, representatives from all parts of the community must be engaged. In fact, everyone can play their part in promoting respectful, healthy, safe relationships among one another.

Resources for Sexual Assault Prevention

North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA)
North Carolina Division of Public Health Injury and Violence Prevention Branch Rape Prevention and Education Program
The Prevention Institute
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Understanding Sexual Violence: 2012
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Violence Against Women Network