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SEEKING SUPPORT?
The Alliance has compiled a number of resources available for survivors, their friends and families, and professionals assisting survivors in New York City.

What is Primary Prevention?

To date, no organization in New York City has dedicated resources to executing strategic steps to prevent sexual violence. Many agencies in the city have dedicated time and money to provide much-needed services to survivors of sexual violence. However, very little attention has been paid to stopping the tens of thousands of sexual assaults that occur in NYC each year—before they happen. The NYC Alliance recognizes that in order to reduce the incidence of sexual violence, resources must be devoted to addressing the root causes of sexual violence. This is referred to as primary prevention—primary because it addresses a problem before it occurs.

We have learned from the little work that has been done in the field of primary prevention that we cannot successfully end sexual violence by focusing solely on changing individual behavior. To be effective, primary prevention must address the environmental factors that shape and mediate behavior that leads to sexual violence. We must also effect change at multiple levels and across disciplines and sectors. The Alliance has adopted Participatory Action Research (PAR) as the way of reaching out to communities and creating new partnerships to work collectively towards ending sexual violence in New York City. To guide the prevention work that we carry out in New York City, the Alliance has developed a prevention framework, rooted in theory and based on research and practice.