Building healthy communities and changing the attitudes and beliefs that support and normalize violence is at the core of Primary Prevention education. Through educational groups with young adults, Primary Prevention educators work through a curriculum that can stop sexual violence before it occurs. The Centers for Disease Control has declared interpersonal violence as a public health issue, and for this reason HCWC addresses prevention using a public health model. HCWC’s Prevention Team consists of one-and-one-half full time equivalent educators who lead educational groups in schools for a semester (6-12 weeks) covering issues including gender roles, bystander behaviors and media literacy. The prevention team also provides groups for other youth establishments and training for professional staff such as teachers and law enforcement.
If you would like a community education presentation on the primary prevention of sexual assault for your organization, please use this form or visit our Public Education page for more information.