Shifting the Paradigm: Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence Toolkit

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The American College Health Association developed this toolkit — Shifting the Paradigm: Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence — to provide facts, ideas, strategies, conversation starters, and resources to everyone on campus who cares about the prevention of sexual violence. While there is a rich volume of tools, knowledge, and resources for intervention after sexual violence, the emphasis of this toolkit is to encourage prevention activities that take place before sexual violence has occurred and which create social change and shift the norms regarding sexual violence.

A primary prevention approach to preventing sexual violence requires a paradigm shift in the thinking of the campus community. Primary prevention helps create environments that promote respect, equality, civility, healthy relationships, and healthy sexuality — and ultimately, a campus environment where students are safe and learning successfully.

The entire toolkit can be downloaded as a .pdf document. Selected sections are available in alternate formats below.
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This toolkit was developed by the American College Health Association and supported by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Program Announcement #05040 (US4/CCU324945-02): Enhancing Healthcare Providers Ability to Prevent Sexual Violence. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC.

About the Enhancing College and University Healthcare Providers' Ability to Prevent Sexual Violence Project (2005-2008)

The Enhancing College and University Healthcare Providers' Ability to Prevent Sexual Violence Project was a two-year U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Cooperative Agreement (CA #05040). Funding was entirely provided by CDC's Department of Health and Human Services, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, and Division of Violence Prevention.

Project Period

September 1, 2005 through August 31, 2007 (extended through August 31, 2008)

Project Goals

GOAL A: Conduct surveys to assess ACHA member knowledge about the impact of sexual violence on campus. The data gathered will assist in developing educational materials and trainings. Please see results from the ACHA 2007 Preventing Sexual Violence Survey [pdf].

GOAL B: Create and disseminate a primer document to educate ACHA members about sexual violence on campus and primary prevention. See ACHA's Position Statement on Preventing Sexual Violence on College and University Campuses [pdf].

GOAL C: Use the assessment data and member feedback to develop an educational toolkit for all ACHA members. The toolkit can be downloaded above.

Project Awardees

The other two organizations funded under this cooperative agreement are the American Academy of Pediatrics and the International Association of Forensic Nurses.