Environmental Change

     Environmental change is a longstanding public health strategy. A mosquito net changes a very localized environment; greater access to fruits and vegetables at a corner store contributes to healthy eating at the neighborhood level; a policy banning cigarette ads in popular magazines changes the media landscape, creating an environment less conducive to tobacco advertising.
     These same strategies can be applied to sexual violence prevention. Environmental changes can be made which mean that sexual assault becomes less possible. There is no mosquito net to prevent sexual violence, but-for example-blocking off access to bedrooms during a house party can be a way to deter offenders from finding the privacy they may need to commit an assault.
     The goal is to reduce the 'secondhand smoke' effects of violence, because an atmosphere of violence affects everyone.

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