Violence, and particularly sexual violence, is a growing public health problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as one in five women have been raped before the age of 18 in Idaho, placing Idaho in the top five states in the nation for the number of forcible rapes.
The goal of the Sexual Violence Prevention program is to reduce sexual violence by changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviors. The program works with state and community partners to end sexual violence. Specific activities include a statewide media campaign, targeted prevention efforts in communities, and program evaluation.
The Department of Health and Welfare has developed collaborative relationships with community organizations, schools and universities to carry out programming in several key areas:
The Sexual Violence Prevention program awards funding to the University of Idaho for their Brotherhood Empowerment Against Rape (B.E.A.R.) program and for Idaho State University's Project Hope program to supplement campus sexual violence prevention. Examples of activities include Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Men Against Violence groups, research, and education of students and staff.
- Men Today, Men Tomorrow (MT2)
The Sexual Violence Prevention program awards funding to Men Today, Men Tomorrow (MT2), a program housed under the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. MT2 works with males ages 12 and older to promote positive male behaviors and challenge attitudes that encourage violence. MT2 raises awareness about men's violence and promotes healthy masculinity through trainings and educational seminars.
- Radio Ads
Rape prevention commercials run periodically on radio stations statewide (requires a media player):