Prevention is stopping something before it happens. When we’re talking about sexual violence, prevention means stopping it at the source: attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of people who may abuse and/or assault others.
Traditional approaches focus on what potential victims—often women—should do to reduce their risk of being raped, e.g., self-defense programs, carrying pepper spray and mace, and whistles. While these may be important safety precautions, none of these activities will actually end sexual violence because they are not stopping people from developing abusive behavior.
BARCC’s approach to prevention is to encourage and help communities become less tolerant of sexual violence. School communities are key in our prevention efforts. BARCC is committed to providing materials and support to help educators in their efforts to prevent sexual violence and support survivors in their community.