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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 2010-2015 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 Sexual Assault is the main professional training and technical assistance provider for sexual violence prevention in Indiana, assessing and fulfilling needs of professionals working in the field. INCASA also provides resources and assistance to communities who seek to engage males in their sexual violence prevention programs. The following community sexual violence primary prevention programs received funding through INCASA for the 2013 fiscal year:
MESA (Multicultural Efforts to end Sexual Assault) is a statewide program focused on including traditionally underserved and underrepresented critical populations in sexual violence prevention efforts. MESA 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. Currently MESA is conducting a community needs assessment to better understand sexual violence prevention needs in underserved communities. Additionally, MESA is mobilizing Native American, Latina, immigrant, African American/Black, Asian, and LGBTQ communities in sexual violence prevention efforts. MESA is housed in the College of Agriculture at Purdue University.
INCSAPPP (Indiana Campus Sexual Assault Primary Prevention Project), housed in the Student Wellness Office at Purdue University, collaborates with colleges and universities to prevent initial occurrence of sexual violence through training and technical assistance, campus coalition building, and mini-grants. INCSAPPP utilizes six components of comprehensive programming: social marketing, bystander intervention, male involvement, data collection, policy analysis, and coalition building. In 2013, INCSAPPP is working with nine campuses to address the various components.These campuses are: Purdue University Calumet, Saint Joseph's College, Purdue University North Central, IPFW, Purdue University, Ball State University, IUPUI, Indiana State University, and Oakland City University. INCSAPPP also works with Ivy Tech Community College campuses across the state on a statewide social marketing campaign.