About the Program

About the Sexual Violence Prevention Program

The Sexual Violence Prevention Program has worked to change the social norms and attitudes that contribute to sexual violence. The program also builds new relationships and forms partnerships with agencies and organizations.

Minnesota is a national leader and model in sexual violence prevention. Since the mid-1990s, the Sexual Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has helped find and implement effective prevention programs. We work to ensure that Minnesota's efforts represent best practices in prevention.


Prevention works! Sexual violence is a major public health issue that affects everyone, directly or indirectly, and results in long-term social and economic costs. The Sexual Violence Prevention Program focuses on Primary Prevention—preventing sexual violence before it occurs and working toward building a better, safer world.

Our goal is to create a culture where sexual violence is unthinkable—Imagine our lives without sexual violence!

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