Sexual violence prevention has come a long way over the years. In the past, prevention training meant the following but not limited to:
- Providing a whistle to women to scare off their attacker
- Informing women to dress a certain way.
- Rapists are strangers
- Men don’t get raped.
What we do know is that
- Rapists are usually someone you know
- Men and boys do get assaulted more often than you think
- Sexual assault is underreported
- Individuals do not have to dress a certain way to prevent sexual assault
- Bystander Intervention is an effective way to prevent sexual violence
If you are interested to understand how to provide prevention education to your students, colleagues, and/or parents, please know there are many different ways in doing so.
- Individual training to students teaching them what consent means, how to intervene as a bystander for your friend who might be a victim or your friend who may make a mistake. Understand what alcohol facilitated assault and drug facilitated assaults really look like. Understand local resources. Understand that survivors are not at fault for being sexually assaulted.
- Training provided to parents, teachers, friends to teach them how to respond when their loved one has experienced sexual violence and how to look for red flags if their loved one might be in an unhealthy relationships and how to talk to them about it
- Get your community involved
Please contact your local shelter, coalition for more information about prevention activities that may be occurring in your area or how to start prevention activities.
If you are interesting in starting, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Domestic and Sexual Violence Shelters: There are 33 organizations in South Dakota that provide domestic violence services at some level. A total of 29 organizations have provided complete information about their program to this site for a statewide completion rate of 87%. These programs can be found in 24 different cities.
South Dakota Coalition :The South Dakota Coalition Ending Domestic & Sexual Violence (SDCEDSV) is dedicated to the reclamation of the respected, autonomous and safe status of women who have been battered/raped, and their children and therefore is committed to the elimination of personal and societal violence in the lives of women and their children. It is the mission of SDCEDSV to work for the major societal changes necessary to eliminate all forms of oppression, particularly those aimed at women and their children.
The South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault: The Network is a state-level non-profit agency comprised of caring people dealing with the concerns of domestic violence and sexual assault victims. Our member programs employ and support individuals of all racial, social, religious and economic groups, ages, abilities, and lifestyles. Rural, urban and tribal areas are proudly represented. The Network believes that the abuse of power in society fosters domestic violence, rape, gender inequality, racism, and poverty by perpetuating conditions in which certain groups benefit from the domination of others.
Rural Resources: Rural outreach services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are now being offered across South Dakota.
National Sexual Assault Hotline: The National Sexual Assault Hotline is a safe, confidential service. When you call the hotline, only the first six numbers of the phone number are used to route the call, and your complete phone number is never stored in our system. Most states do have laws that require local staff to contact authorities in certain situations, like if there is a child or vulnerable adult who is in danger.