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October 22, 2018

Idaho Sexual Violence Prevention Program Update!

We have re-branded!  We have shifted our approach to sexual violence prevention in Idaho and while we will continue to engage in Green Dot activities throughout the state, we look forward to the expanded scope of our program.  Comprehensive approaches, including bystander intervention training, like Green Dot, fostering community-connectedness and resilience, and activating a culture of support for survivors and intolerance of sexual violence are all important aspects of preventing and ending sexual violence.

As part of this transition, you may have noticed some changes on our social media.  We are happy to have a new logo, to better reflect the shift in our program, along with other new materials that will be distributed via social and on our website (upcoming!).


We are close to completing an updated website, with even more interactive, engaging, and helpful information for all Idahoans.  Check back with us soon!

Thank you for your engagement and we hope you continue to engage and learn with us as we broaden our focus to better serve the many wonderful communities in Idaho.  

Together we can end sexual violence before it starts.

Sexual Violence Prevention and Green Dot

The goal of the Idaho Sexual Violence Prevention (SVP) Program is to prevent sexual violence. Sexual violence is any type of sexual contact or behavior that is unwanted by, or harmful to, another person. Sexual violence occurs any time a person is forced or threatened into any sexual activity, such as touching, sexual harassment, rape, or attempted rape. Sexual violence can happen to anyone at any age and is a growing public health concern with long lasting mental and physical effects. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that about 1 out of 5 women in Idaho have been victims of rape. Additionally, about half of the women and a quarter of the men in Idaho have been victims of sexual violence other than rape (National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 2010). These statistics demonstrate the prevalence of sexual violence in Idaho and confirm the need for primary prevention programs. 

The SVP Program works to educate and engage all Idaho residents in creating compassionate and respectful communities where sexual violence is not accepted.  Specific activities include statewide media campaigns, targeted primary prevention efforts in communities, and program evaluation.

The SVP Program has developed partnerships with community organizations, schools, and universities to implement a primary prevention program called Green Dot. Green Dot is a violence prevention strategy that uses the power of peer and cultural influences to create social change by engaging community members in positive behaviors that establish intolerance of violence, for example, pulling a friend out of a high-risk situation. There are several Green Dot programs throughout Idaho:

The high school programs are implemented by Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence and The Advocates

For more information about Green Dot, visit www.alteristic.org

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