The purpose of this toolkit is to provide facts, ideas, strategies, conversation starters, and resources to everyone on campus who cares about the prevention of sexual violence.  Whether you are a faculty or staff member or an administrator or student, there are resources included that are directly relevant to your role in the campus community.

Shifting the Paradigm: Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence

The majority of teens have been involved in a romantic relationship. The following  brief, Telling It Like It Is: Teen Perspectives on Romantic Relationships, summarizes findings from focus groups that explored what teens themselves have to say about these relationships.  
 
Among the findings:- Teens view respect, trust, and love as essential to healthy relationships.- Teens have a clear understanding and expectation of what defines a healthy romantic relationship.- Teens' relationships typically fall short of their own standards of healthy romantic relationships.- Infidelity, relationship violence, and few role models contribute to teens' low expectations for healthy relationships. Telling It Like It Is: Teen Perspectives on Romantic Relationships

This issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (Vol. 56, No. RR-7) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a summary of findings from a review of evidence concerning the effectiveness of universal school-based violence prevention programs.
The Effectiveness of Universal School-Based Programs for the Prevention of Violent and Aggressive Behavior

The 2012 Fall-Winter edition of The Resource offers articles and insights on major events, like the 40th Anniversary of Title IX, the Sandusky Case, and this year's Gail Burns-Smith Award winner. It also highlights great work happening across the movement, from the global initiative to end street harassment to promoting healthy sexuality in religious institutions. 

The YRBSS was developed in 1990 to monitor priority health risk behaviors that contribute markedly to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults in the United States. These behaviors, often established during childhood and early adolescence, include: Tobacco use, Unhealthy dietary behaviors, Inadequate physical activity, Alcohol and other drug use, Sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection, Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence.
The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System 2005

This Applied Research Paper outlines the importance and value of engaging in sexual violence prevention work with youth. The paper discusses prevalence of sexual violence among youth populations, recent trends in prevention activities for youth, and a review of common strategies and challenges for engaging in this work. Feedback on the effectiveness and current evaluation efforts for the various approaches is offered. It's available in PDF or online.

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