Sexual violence prevention program introduced by Indiana’s department of health

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Indiana State Department of Health has announced their 2016 Sexual Violence Prevention Program.

The goal of the plan is to provide resources and references for local organizations to help combat the growing problem of sexual violence in communities. ISDH is encouraging schools, churches, parents and businesses to get involved in plans to reduce sexual violence.

ISDH says their ultimate goal is preventing sexual violence so it doesn’t occur in the first place.

“Primary prevention means building a culture and building communities in which sexual violence is not acceptable in any form and so everybody plays a role,” said Laura Chavez, Director of Office of Women’s Health for the Indiana State Department of Health.

Statistics released in the report show in 2012, about 125,000 Hoosiers reported unwanted sexual advances or forced sexual activity. Those statistics include both men and women.

Even more troubling are the increased number of children victimized by sexual violence.

“We want to end sexual violence across the board and so the nice thing about the way we’ve written this plan, is that child focused organizations can find a home in one of those goals or strategies or action steps,” Chavez said.

In a 2015 survey conducted by ISDH, 16.4 percent of Hoosier high school girls reported sexual dating violence within 12 months of the survey. 8.6 percent of high school boys in Indiana reported the same.

The Sexual Violence Primary Prevention Council holds quarterly meetings that are open to the public. The next meeting is July 28.

For more on the sexual violence prevention program, click here. 

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