Why Should We Prevent?

 

Why Should We Prevent?

Intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual assault are an epidemic in this state. SC currently ranks #2 in the nation for the number of women killed by men, according to the annual report released by the Violence Policy Center. The rates of sexual assault are equally as terrible. In addition, numbers show that these crimes are becoming more and more likely among young adults and teenagers in dating relationships. Click below to view current statistics and information about the prevalence of sexual violence, IPV, and dating violence in SC.

http://www.sccadvasa.org/resources/information/domestic-violence-facts/

http://www.sccadvasa.org/resources/information/sexual-assault-facts/

http://www.sccadvasa.org/resources/information/teen-dating-violence-facts/

The reality of sexual assault, IPV and teen dating violence is that prevention must occur BEFORE these crimes are ever perpetrated. Unfortunately, we live in a society that assumes these crimes will occur and by doing so we allow them to continue. Prevention of these crimes assumes the following things:

• A commitment to END sexual and IPV

• Sexual assault and intimate partner violence are societal, NOT an individual’s problem

• Sexual assault and intimate partner violence are complex, thus requiring comprehensive solutions.

What we know about the core assumptions of primary prevention is that they are also associated with a number of other societal ills which include the basic principles of aggressive control, coercion and oppression. By addressing one, we address them all.

For more information about how to get involved in prevention efforts against IPV and sexual assault across SC, contact Rebecca Williams-Agee, Prevention Project Coordinator for SCCADVASA at rwilliams@sccadvasa.org or 803-256-2900