Program: Rape Prevention and Education Program

At a glance

Learn about CDC's Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) Program including current program activities and state contact information.

CDC's RPE Program

The RPE program works to prevent sexual violence by providing funding to state and territorial health departments in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and state, territorial, and tribal sexual assault coalitions. The RPE program recipients work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders including educational institutions, rape crisis centers, community organizations, and other state agency partners to guide the implementation and evaluation of their state sexual violence prevention efforts.

CDC supports this work by providing tools, training, and technical assistance to RPE programs to promote the implementation and evaluation of programs, practices, and policies based on the best available evidence to prevent sexual violence.

The RPE program is authorized through the Violence Against Women Act, passed by Congress in 1994 and most recently reauthorized in 2022. In 2016, CDC received additional funding to support program evaluation research on programs implemented through RPE.

What guides the RPE Program

Primary prevention—stopping sexual violence before it begins—is the focus of the RPE program. Program activities are guided by a set of principles that include:

  • Preventing the first-time occurrence of sexual violence.
  • Reducing risk factors and enhancing protective factors linked to sexual violence perpetration and victimization.
  • Using the best available evidence when planning, implementing, and evaluating prevention programs.
  • Implementing comprehensive strategies that address individual, relationship, community, and societal factors.
  • Analyzing state and community data, such as health and safety data, to inform program decisions and monitor trends.
  • Evaluating prevention efforts and using the results to improve future program plans.

The RPE program encourages the development of comprehensive prevention strategies using as guiding frameworks, the public health approach, and the social-ecological model. These frameworks guide the recipients to implement a range of activities to address the ways individual, relationship, community, and societal factors impact sexual violence.

This approach is more likely to prevent sexual violence across a lifetime than any single intervention and is also more likely to benefit the largest number of people and reduce sexual violence.

Current activities

CDC's current RPE projects include Rape Prevention and Education: Using the Best Available Evidence for Sexual Violence Prevention, Rape Prevention and Education: Enhancing Capacity for Sexual Violence Prevention Across State and Territory Sexual Assault Coalitions, and Rape Prevention and Education: Enhancing Capacity for Sexual Violence Prevention among Tribal Sexual Assault Coalitions. These projects require RPE program recipients to collaborate with state health departments and other applicable federal, state, tribal, and local entities engaged in sexual violence prevention to address social and structural determinants of health at the community and societal levels of the social-ecological model to plan, implement, and evaluate sexual violence prevention strategies in alignment with the the Sexual Violence Prevention Resource for Action, formerly known as a technical package.

This project places an increased emphasis on implementing community and societal-level strategies that create protective environments and provide opportunities to empower and support girls and women.

Evidence-based examples of community and societal level strategies include:

  • Conducting hot-spot mapping and improving safety and monitoring in schools.
  • Establishing and consistently applying school and workplace policies.
  • Working with communities to improve safety and health in the built environment.
  • Ensuring women have adequate work supports such as safe and affordable childcare and paid family leave policies.
  • Improving educational and leadership opportunities for girls and women.

State sexual assault coalitions that are eligible for RPE funding

The term state sexual assault coalition, sometimes referred to as a state sexual violence coalition, is defined by the Violence Against Women Act as "a program determined by the Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under the Public Health Service Act." In order to be eligible for RPE funds, CDC must approve or certify the state sexual assault coalition. Below is the 2023 list of approved state sexual assault coalitions. The 2023 list remains substantially the same as the 2022 list, but some minor edits were made to reflect name changes. The fiscal year 2024 list will be updated in October 2023.

  • Alabama Coalition Against Rape.
  • Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
  • Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence.
  • Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
  • CAWS North Dakota.
  • Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
  • Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence.
  • Day One Rhode Island.
  • Delaware Alliance Against Sexual Violence.
  • DC Rape Crisis Center (DC Coalition to End Sexual Violence).
  • Florida Council Against Sexual Violence.
  • Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault.
  • Hawaii Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
  • Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence.
  • Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
  • Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking.
  • Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
  • Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence.
  • Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, Inc.
  • Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault.
  • Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
  • Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
  • The Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, Jane Doe Inc.
  • Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence.
  • Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
  • Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
  • Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.
  • Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.
  • Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence.
  • Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence.
  • New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.
  • New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
  • New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, Inc.
  • New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
  • North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
  • North Dakota Council on Abused Women's Services / Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
  • Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence.
  • Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
  • Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.
  • Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.
  • South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
  • South Dakota Coalition Ending Domestic and Sexual Violence.
  • Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence.
  • Texas Association Against Sexual Assault.
  • Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
  • ValorUS.
  • Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
  • Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance.
  • Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs.
  • West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services.
  • Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
  • Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.


The Rape Prevention and Education Program operates in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. View profile information for each grantee below.

Contact information for state and territorial sexual violence prevention coalitions is available through the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

Map of the United States including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Map of the United States including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Betsy Cagle
Program Manager, Rape Prevention Education

Alabama Department of Public Health
Behavioral Health Division
The RSA Tower, Suite 966
201 Monroe Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
Phone: (334) 206-3995

Mollie J. Rosier, MPH
Child and Adolescent Health Unit Manager

Section of Women's, Children's and Family Health
Division of Public Health
Alaska Department of Health & Social Services
3601 C St., Suite 322
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
Phone: (907) 269-3466

Diana Lee
Sexual Violence Prevention Program Manager

Arizona Department of Health Services
Bureau of Chronic Disease & Health Promotions
150 North 18th Avenue, Suite 310
Phoenix, Arizona 85007-3242
Phone: (971)-227-5614
Fax: 602-364-1496

Josette Boons
Public Health Educator, Injury & Violence Prevention

Arkansas Department of Health
4815 W. Markham St. Slot #10
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: 501-661-2110

Enrica Bertoldo
Rape Prevention and Education Program Coordinator

California Department of Public Health
Injury and Violence Prevention Branch
1616 Capitol Ave., Suite 74.436, MS 7214
Sacramento, CA 95814-5052
Phone: 916-552-9847

Danielle Tuft
Sexual Violence Prevention Program Manager

Colorado Dept of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, Colorado 80246-1530
Phone: (303) 692 2592
Fax: (303) 691-7901

Colleen Violette

Connecticut Department of Public Health
410 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, Connecticut 06134-0308
Phone: (860) 509-8251

Karen McGloughlin
Program Director

DHSS Division of Public Health
417 Federal Street
Dover, Delaware 19901-4523
Phone: 302-744-1009
Fax: 302-739-2547

Jaida D. Carter, MPH
RPE Program Coordinator

Community Health Administration (CHA)
District of Columbia Department of Health
899 North Capitol Street, NE, 5th Fl
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 442-9386

Rhonda Jackson
Violence and Injury Prevention Program Administrator

Florida Department of Health
Division of Community Health Promotion
Bureau of Family Health Services
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin # A-13
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1721
Tel: 850-558-9575
Fax: 850-410-1304

Vanessa Corona
Director, Rape Prevention Education Program

Chronic Disease Prevention Section
Georgia Department of Public Health
2 Peachtree Street NW, 16h Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3142
Fax: 404-657-4338
Phone: 404-401-0768

Joanne Higashi, LCSW
RPE Program Director

Sexual Violence Prevention Program
Maternal & Child Health Branch
Hawaii Dept. of Health
741-A Sunset Ave, Room 205
Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
Phone: 808-733-9038
Fax: 808-733-0978

Heidi Cook, MSW
Sexual Violence Prevention Health Program Manager

Division of Public Health
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
450 West State Street, 6th Floor
Boise, Idaho 83720 0036
Phone: 208-334-4970
Cell: 208-921-9756

Tiffanie Pressley
Injury Prevention Coordinator

Illinois Department of Public Health
535 W. Jefferson
Springfield, Illinois 62701
Phone: 217-785-5225

Vinootna Kakarla
Violence Prevention Program Director

Division of Women's Health
Indiana State Department of Health
2 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-3021
Phone: 317-233-7382

Monica Goedken
Violence Prevention Coordinator

Iowa Department of Public Health
Lucas State Office Building
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0075
Phone: (515) 281-5032
Fax: (515) 281-4535

Belinda Flores
Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Program Manager

Daina Zolck
Section Director

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Bureau of Health Promotion
1000 SW Jackson, Suite 230
Topeka KS, 66612-1274
Phone: 316-308-8860
Fax: 785-296-8645
E-mail: or

Miranda Stocker, MS (Primary)
RPE Program Manager

Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Department for Community Based Services
Division of Protection & Permanency Clinical Services Branch
275 East Main Street, 3E-A
Frankfort, Kentucky 40621
Phone: (502) 330-6838

Karen Webb
RPE Coordinator

Office of Public Health
Maternal and Child Health Program
1450 Poydras Street, Room 2040B
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
Phone: 504-568-3513
Fax: 504-568-3503

Alicia Hunter
Violence Prevention Program Manager

Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Child and Family Services
109 Capital Street
Augusta, ME 04330-6841
Cell: (207)-592-0315

Erin Boguski, MS
Rape and Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator

Rape & Sexual Assault Prevention Program
Center for Injury and Sexual Assault Prevention
Maryland Department of Health
201 W. Preston Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 767-2866

Mark Bergeron-Naper

Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street, Fourth Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02108 4619
Phone: (617) 624-5465
Fax: (617) 624-5075

Jessica Grzywacz, MDCH
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Michigan Department of Community Health
P.O. Box 30195
Lansing, Michigan 48909
Phone: (517) 335-8627
Fax: (517) 335-9669

Fed Ex: Washington Square Bldg-8th Fl
109 W. Michigan Ave
Lansing, Michigan 48913

Mary Hopkins
Program Director

Injury and Violence Prevention Unit Leader
Golden Rule Building
85 E. Seventh Place, Suite 220
P.O. Box 64882
St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0882
Phone: (651) 201-5404

Patti Williams
Division Director, Office Against Interpersonal Violence

Mississippi State Department of Health
715 S. Pear Orchard Rd. Suite 102
Ridgeland, Mississippi 39157
Phone: (601) 206-1546
Fax: (601) 957-6781

Jenay Divin
Program Coordinator

Office on Women's Health
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
930 Wildwood Drive
Jefferson City, Missouri 65109
Phone: (573) 522-0220
Fax: (573) 522-3023

Sarah Ehrhard-Reid
Deputy Chief
Phone: 573-526-0220

Patrick Paradis
SVPVS Program Specialist

Montana Department of Health and Human Services
1625 11th Avenue
Helena, Montana 59601
Phone: (406) 444-3628
Fax: (406)-444-2750

Jacqueline Isaly
Bureau Chief
Phone: 406-444-4743

Peg Ogea-Ginsburg
Injury Prevention Program Manager

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
310 Centennial Mall South
P.O. Box 95027
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509
Phone: 402-471-3490
Fax: 402-471-6446

Samm Warfel
Director, Rape Prevention and Education Program

Nevada Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Public & Behavioral Health | MCAH
4150 Technology Way, Ste 200
Carson City, Nevada 89706
Phone: 775-684-4263

JoAnne Miles Holmes, MPH
Injury Prevention Program Manager

Maternal and Child Health Section
New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 271-5384

Danielle Scott
Rape Prevention and Education Director

Office on the Prevention of Violence Against Women
Division on Women
NJ Department of Children and Families
50 East State Street
PO Box 717
Trenton, NJ 08625-0717
Phone: (609) 888-7580

Erica Trujillo
Sexual Violence Prevention Coordinator

Office of Injury Prevention
Injury and Behavioral Epidemiology Bureau
Epidemiology and Response Division
1190 S St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87502
Phone: (505) 827-2725
Fax: (505) 827-2796

Bernadette Dolen
Director of Sexual Violence Prevention Program

Bureau of Women, Infant and Adolescent Health
New York State Department of Health
Corning Tower, Room 821, ESP
Albany, New York 12237
Phone: (518) 474-0535

Sara Crouch
RPE Program Manager

Injury and Violence Prevention Branch
Division of Public Health
1915 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1915
Phone: (919) 707-5426
Fed Ex: 5505 Six Forks Rd, Bldg. 1, 3rd Floor, Room A-3
Raleigh, North Carolina 27609-3809

Mallory Sattler
Director, Rape Prevention and Education Program

ND Department of Health
600 East Blvd. Ave., Dept. 325
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505-0250
Phone: 701-328-4562
Fax: 701-328-1412

Debra Seltzer
Rape Prevention & Education Coordinator

Women's Health Section
Ohio Department of Health
246 N High Street, 8th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: (614) 728-2176
Fax: (614) 644-7740

Brandi Woods-Littlejohn
Administrative Program Manager

Violence Prevention Programs
Injury Prevention Service
Oklahoma State Department of Health
1000 NE 10th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73117-1207
Phone: (405) 271-3430 ext 56461
Fax: 405-271-2799

Julie McFarlane, MPH
Maternal & Child Health Tribal Liaison

Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Public Health Division
Center for Prevention and Health Promotion
Maternal and Child Health Section
800 NE Oregon Street
Portland, Oregon 97232
Phone: (971) 255-7093

Beth Zakutney
Program Administrator

Pennsylvania Department of Health
Violence and Injury Prevention
625 Forster Street
Rm 1008, H & W Building
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120-0701
Phone: (717) 787-5900
Fax: (717) 783-5498

Angela Kemp

Rhode Island Department of Health
3 Capitol Hl Community Health & Equity-DUP
Providence, RI 02908-5034
Phone: (401) 222-3047

Madison Hall
Sexual Violence Services Program Coordinator

South Carolina Health Department
2100 Bull Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
Phone: (803) 898-3918
Fax: (803) 898-0577

Sarah Barclay
Director, Rape Prevention and Education Program

Office of Child and Family Services
South Dakota Department of Health
4101 W 38th Street
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57106
Phone: (605) 367-5212

Renea Satterwhite
Rape Prevention Education Program Director

Division of Family Health and Wellness
Tennessee Department of Health
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
Tel: 615-532-7768
Fax: 615-532-8478

Susan Bareis
State Adolescent Health Coordinator

Texas Department of State Health Services
Maternal and Child Health
1100 W 49th St.
P.O. Box 12548
Austin, Texas 78756
Phone: (512) 776-2047

Lisa Balland
Director, Rape Prevention and Education Program

Utah Department of Health
288 N. 1460 W.
Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
Phone: (385) 260-5456

Emily Fredette
Director, Preventive Reproductive Health

Vermont Department of Health
Division of Maternal and Child Health
108 Cherry St.
P.O. Box 70
Burlington, Vermont 05402
Phone: (802) 865-7729

Maria Altonen
Injury and Violence Prevention Program Supervisor

Division of Prevention and Health Promotion
Virginia Department of Health
109 Governor St., 9th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 864-7735

Kirstin McFarland
Intentional Injury Prevention Specialist

Injury and Violence Prevention Program
Prevention and Community Health
Washington State Department of Health
PO Box 47853
Olympia, Washington 98504-7853
Phone: (360) 236-2859

Sarah Brown Todd
WV Violence and Injury Prevention Program Director

Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health
350 Capitol Street, Room 427
Charleston, West Virginia 25301-3715
Phone: (304) 356-4781

Kara Benjamin
Adolescent Health Consultant

Family Health Section
Bureau of Community Health Promotion
1 West Wilson Street, Rm 233
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 609-4176

Megan Selheim
Youth and Young Adult Health Program Manager

Maternal and Child Health Unit
Public Health Division
Wyoming Department of Health
122 West 25th Street, 3rd Floor West
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002
Phone: (307) 777-8225

Puerto Rico

Rebecca Ward, Director
Centro de Ayuda a Victimas de Violación
(Rape Victims Support Center)

Puerto Rico Department of Health
P.O. Box 70184
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00936-8184
Phone: (787) 765-2285
Fax: (787) 765-7840

Fed Ex: 1058 Muñoz Rivera Avenue
Third floor, Suite 302
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00927-5008

US Virgin Islands

Lyna Fredericks

US Virgin Islands Chronic Disease Prevention Program
3500 Estate Richmond
Christiansted, St. Croix
US Virgin Islands 00820-4370
Phone: (340) 719-0144 Ext 1
Fax: (340) 719-5521