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Youth Sexual Violence Prevention

Cook-Craig, P.
Year Published: 2012
VAWnet, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
Applied Research Series, 13 pages.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Cooperative Agreement 5U1VCE001742-03)

The risk of sexual violence begins early in life, yet sexual violence prevention efforts have largely focused on college-age students. This author says there is a need to reach younger populations by adapting and designing programs for sexual violence prevention work with youth. According to the CDC, 8 percent of high school students in the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey reported they had been forced to have sexual intercourse. By age 17, the lifetime prevalence of sexual victimization for children is 9.8 percent. In this paper, the author focuses on the prevention of sexual violence among high school-aged adolescents. She explores the rates and consequences of sexual violence victimization and perpetration among adolescents, and highlights recent trends in the development of youth sexual violence prevention strategies. She also describes some of the major prevention strategies that are currently being used to address sexual violence among adolescents.

Patricia Cook-Craig, MSSW, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Social Work, University of Kentucky; E-mail:, Website:
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