The Alliance has compiled
a number of resources
available for survivors,
their friends and families,
assisting survivors in
New York City.
Center of Excellence in Primary Prevention
The Alliance is proud to be designated by the NY State Department of Health as a Center of Excellence in Primary Prevention. In this role, the Alliance supports prevention education programs being implemented in NYC schools and community-based organizations, assists community mobilization initiatives to promote healthy social norms that are protective against sexual violence, and works to strengthen NY State’s leadership in primary prevention of sexual violence.
The 2014 issue of our annual Center of Excellence newsletter focuses on campus sexual assault and features a community survey, a history of campus sexual assault laws and interviews with David Lee of PreventConnect and Columbia’s Sexual Violence Response Director, La’Shawn Rivera. We also update our map of primary prevention approaches across the state. Click here to view the newsletter.
The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault is proud to present Increasing Our Capacity to Collaborate: A Primary Prevention Approach to Coalition Building, a workbook aimed at organizations that wish to embark on efforts to prevent sexual violence in their communities. In 2007, the Alliance began a 6-year effort, called Project Envision, which aimed to pilot methods of changing attitudes in communities that can lead to sexual assault. In recognition that a social problem of the magnitude of sexual assault needed macro-level shifts in attitudes and behavior, the Alliance set out to motivate such change in three NYC communities.
In this workbook, we share the methods we used to build neighborhood coalitions and some of the challenges we faced along the way.
New York State Primary Prevention Approaches FY 13-14
Last summer when we conducted the New York State technical assistance needs assessment survey, several Rape Crisis Programs (RCPs) acknowledged the expertise of other programs and expressed the desire to connect and strategize with peer RCPs on prevention related questions and challenges. In recognition of this request for a peer-to-peer strategizing opportunity, the Alliance created the New York State Primary Prevention Approaches chart listing FY 13-14 prevention approaches by county. With this tool, programs can identify which prevention strategies are utilized statewide, connect with organizations using similar approaches, and seek advice or learn more about effective primary prevention approaches. View the program chart by county here. To contact programs directly, please visit NYSCASA’s web link: www.nyscasa.org/responding/crisiscenters.
This issue (our third annual!) features an in-depth conversation with two evaluation experts on the theme of Measuring Prevention Impact and provides readers with a list of resources, including an e-learning tool to help programs design their evaluation measures. We also update our map of primary prevention approaches across the state.
- Chauncey Brown, Vera House
- Christopher Kilcullen, Crime Victims Assistance Unit, Office of the Bronx District Attorney
- Envision Williamsburg Coalition members Chris Fowley and Jessy LaHood
This issue also celebrates NYSCASA's 25th anniversary with a list of 25 Places to Find Primary Prevention in New York.
You can read the 2011 Center of Excellence newsletter by downloading it here.
Primary Prevention Webinars
The Alliance’s primary prevention webinars highlight the innovative and promising practices of Rape Crisis Programs and anti-violence organizations: Webinars are an effective tool for sharing stories of progress and lessons learned, and for identifying new opportunities to strengthen our primary prevention efforts.
Engaging Youth and Building Youth Leadership in Prevention Against Sexual Violence
On July 10th, 2013, the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault presented a webinar entitled, "Engaging Youth and Building Youth Leadership in Prevention Against Sexual Violence". This webinar summarized ways to engage youth as leaders in sexual violence primary prevention for continued sustainability. Our speakers shared lessons learned, implementation and evaluation suggestions, and tips for recruiting and retaining youth. Click here to listening to the recording, view the slides and access the resource list.
Engaging Men Part 2: Healthy Masculinity as it Relates to Sexual Violence Prevention
On May 30th, 2013, the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault presented the 2 hour webinar, "Engaging Men Part 2: Healthy Masculinity as it Relates to Sexual Violence Prevention". This webinar provided an overview of healthy masculinity and its intersection with sexual violence prevention. We explored the ways in which this concept is defined, taught, and implemented in programmatic efforts to engage men. We took a look at various curricula and initiatives that focus on engaging men. Our guest presenters shared lessons learned, and discussion included simple ways that providers can integrate these practices into existing prevention efforts. Click here to listen to the recording and view the slides.
Using Technology to Promote Health Social Norms
On March 27, 2013, the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault presented a 90 minute webinar entitled, "Using Technology to Promote Healthy Social Norms". This webinar provided an overview of technology-driven campaigns designed to target youth as experts in building healthy relationships. Our guest presenters shared lessons learned from their innovative campaigns, which are focused on ending sexual violence through movement-building and promotion of healthy social norms. Click here to access the recording.
Listen to previous webinars:
Highlighting primary prevention resources and reports, from around the country and around the world. Read more
Follow the Alliance blog to read about efforts to mobilize communities and change social norms. The Alliance strives to create a space to normalize conversation about sexual violence, healthy relationships and social justice. Read it here
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