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. Currently, there are ten Green Dot programs in Idaho:
The high school programs are implemented by Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence and The Advocates. The high school sites are:
Melba High School
Meridian High School
Sage High School
Silver Creek High School
Wood River High School
For more information about Green Dot, visit www.livethegreendot.com