Sexual violence is connected to other forms of violence, increasing the likelihood that survivors experience multiple forms of abuse. This overlap highlights shared risk and protective factors among various forms of violence. For example, a teen with a childhood history of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse is at higher risk to either experience or commit sexual violence later in life. Violence prevention efforts can aim to reduce multiple forms of harm at the same time. You can find more information about sexual violence here (Link to Public Page).
RSAPP leads Maryland’s primary prevention efforts to reduce sexual violence. RSAPP supports prevention projects that aim to reduce sexual violence in Maryland by providing resources, training, and information. RSAPP is responsible for using data to prioritize populations of focus, identify effective strategies, and support partners.
Ongoing evaluation of program effectiveness, impact, and reach of sexual violence prevention activities is conducted by RSAPP and its supported partners. RSAPP works with partners in prevention and skilled evaluators to collect, track, and report data related to sexual violence prevention in Maryland. In addition to victimization and perpetration of sexual violence, RSAPP tracks several risk and protective factors, such as social norms and community connectedness.
RSAPP works with many partners in prevention, including state agencies, non-profit organizations, colleges, and businesses. RSAPP supports evidence-based and evidence-informed prevention and intervention activities. Specific initiatives and partnerships are outlined below.
RSAPP’s partners play an integral role in the prevention of sexual violence and implementation of activities. These include:
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