Sexual Violence Prevention
About the Sexual Violence Prevention Program
Sexual violence is preventable. To prevent sexual violence in Minnesota, the Sexual Violence Prevention Program focuses on community-level changes to create safe and supportive environments where sexual violence is unthinkable.
Sexual violence affects everyone and every community. Sexual violence involves a range of acts including attempted or completed rape, pressure for sexual acts, unwanted sexual contact and non-contact. It can also include unwanted sexual experiences, like verbal harassment. Sexual violence is defined as any sexual act committed against someone without that person’s freely given consent. See a full list of sexual violence definitions from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.
Sexual violence can affect people of all ages, genders, income levels, social status, and location. Marginalized populations and communities are more likely to experience sexual violence, including women, people of color, Native Americans, people with disabilities, LGBT communities, and children.
New Grant Opportunity
This funding will support projects that incorporate community-driven and culturally relevant practices to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. MDH Sexual Violence PRevention Program is seeking applications for proposed projects that either (1) encourage the development and deployment of new prevention efforts, or (2) enhance, sustain, or expand existing prevention efforts.
Interested applicants should review the Sexual Violence Prevention Grant Request for Proposals for funding details and applications requirements.
Spectrum of Prevention
Everyone has a role to play to prevent sexual violence. Prevention happens on many levels. The Spectrum of Prevention was created by the Prevention Institute to show a range of activities for successful prevention efforts. The Sexual Violence Prevention Program works across the Spectrum of Prevention, with an emphasis on building networks, as well as supporting organizations to adopt practices and policies that create safe and supportive environments.
- Meaningfully share and support sexual violence upstream prevention strategies to advance statewide sexual violence work in Minnesota.
- Share sexual violence data in a way that supports anyone working to prevent sexual violence across the state.
- Work with communities who experience sexual violence at higher rates to create and share culturally specific prevention strategies.
- Bring communities together to learn from one another through statewide networks.
- Sign up for the Sexual Violence Prevention E-News to get timely notifications on sexual violence prevention events, resources, news and activities.
- Attend quarterly Sexual Violence Prevention Network meetings.
- Create a sexual violence prevention network in your own community.
- Contact Amy Kenzie at Amy.Kenzie@state.mn.us or 651-201-5410 for more information.
The Sexual Violence Prevention Program does not provide crisis services to individuals. If you are in crisis call 911 or if you are in need of support please go to rapehelpmn.org for resources.
Minnesota Human Trafficking Taskforce
Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition
Men as Peacemakers
MDH 2015 Legislative Report (PDF)
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- Sexual Violence Prevention