Shifting the Paradigm: Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence Toolkit
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.
Download the Toolkit
Or download these sections of the toolkit:
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.
September 1, 2005 through August 31, 2007 (extended through August 31, 2008)
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.
The other two organizations funded under this cooperative
agreement are the American Academy of Pediatrics and the International
Association of Forensic Nurses.