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Sexual Violence

Sexual violence (SV) is a serious, preventable public health problemSexual Violence is a significant problem in the United States. SV refers to sexual activity where consent is not obtained or freely given. Anyone can experience SV, but most victims are female. The person responsible for the violence is typically male and is usually someone known to the victim. The person can be, but is not limited to, a friend, coworker, neighbor, or family member.

CDC uses a 4-step approach to address public health problems like sexual violence:

  1. Define the problem
  2. Identify risk and protective factors
  3. Develop and test prevention strategies
  4. Assure widespread adoption

The ultimate goal is to stop sexual violence before it begins.


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