Stop Sexual Violence Before It Starts

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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About 1 in 5 women have experienced rape or attempted rape in their lifetime.

About 1 in 15 men have been made to penetrate someone else during their lifetime.

Stopping sexual violence before it happens is a CDC priority.

It can be prevented.

CDC has developed a technical package to help states and communities use the best available evidence to prevent sexual violence.


  • Teach skills to prevent sexual violence.
  • Provide opportunities to empower and support girls and women.
  • Create protective environments.
  • Support victims/survivors to lessen harms.
  • Promote social norms that protect against violence.

It is important to monitor and evaluate your efforts while the field of violence prevention continues to evolve.

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Your prevention efforts may involve developing new partnerships or working across sectors, including:

  • Public Health
  • Government
  • Health Care Services
  • Social Services
  • Education
  • Businesses
  • Justice
  • Housing
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Foundations

Together We Can Stop Sexual Violence.


Use CDC’s technical package to begin or expand your prevention efforts.

Additional program planning and implementation resources can be found on CDC websites:

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