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Following the lead of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) provides statewide leadership in the public health approach to sexual violence prevention. The ISDH chairs and oversees the work of the Sexual Violence Primary Prevention Council and the implementation of the Indiana Sexual Violence Primary Prevention Plan. ISDH also provides funding, data, and technical assistance to state and community partners and cultivates strategic state-level partnerships. ISDH relies on three partners to execute sexual violence primary prevention strategies across the state.
The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) is a statewide alliance of domestic violence programs, support agencies and concerned individuals. The organization provides technical assistance, resources, information and training to those who serve victims of domestic violence, and promotes social and systems change through public policy, public awareness and education. ICADV has broadened its prevention focus to include sexual violence prevention through the use of Rape Prevention and Education funds administered by the Indiana State Department of Health. The following community sexual violence primary prevention programs received RPE funding via ICADV for the grant period 2/1/2016 – 1/31/2017:
Indiana University (IU) is a multi-campus public research institution grounded in the liberal arts and sciences. IU will enhance current initiatives aimed at preventing rape and sexual assault on its eight regional campuses. IU will work to create campuses and communities where students, faculty, and staff are all safe and supported in attaining their academic and professional goals. IU will host two conferences to train multidisciplinary professionals and students on bystander intervention, program evaluation, coalition-building, and responses to sexual assault.
Multicultural Efforts to End Sexual Assault (MESA) is a statewide program focused on including traditionally underserved and underrepresented critical populations in sexual violence prevention efforts. The agency works to organize and mobilize local communities in culturally relevant primary prevention strategies to improve the quality of life for individuals and families. For community organizations seeking to work cross-culturally in their prevention efforts, MESA provides training on outreach strategies. MESA is mobilizing Native American, Latina, immigrant, African American/Black, Asian, LGBTQ communities and college campuses in sexual violence prevention efforts. MESA is housed in the College of Agriculture at Purdue University.
The Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault (ICESA) aims to improve the state’s response to victims of sexual assault by bringing awareness to this problem and educating Hoosiers, through primary prevention initiatives, create a culture of care that will, in due course, lead to the end of sexual violence. Responding to Indiana’s need for a comprehensive structure to provide post-secondary campuses with support for sexual violence prevention and response efforts, ICESA will work with select college campuses to create a culture that leverages student engagement in the primary prevention of sexual violence.
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