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Sexual Violence Prevention in Oklahoma

Nationally, it is estimated that 17% of women and 3% of men have been victims of sexual violence in their lifetime. In Oklahoma, the rate of rape and attempted rape among females reported to law enforcement has been 35-45% higher than the U.S. rate for the past decade. While many organizations have been providing urgently needed services to victims and survivors of sexual assault for decades, providing services is only part of the work needed to address the problem. Preventing sexual assault before it occurs is also a priority.

The Injury Prevention Service collaborates with the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and the Oklahoma Sexual Violence Prevention Advisory Committee to promote sexual violence prevention throughout the state. The Injury Prevention Service administers a sexual violence prevention program that focuses on primary prevention in K-12 schools, colleges and universities, faith communities, and the media. The goals of the sexual violence prevention program are to:

  • Reduce first-time perpetration of sexual violence,
  • Increase the number of non-violent interactions and healthy relationships, and
  • Reduce cultural influences that support sexual violence.

One of the greatest challenges and keys to the success of prevention has been to determine what programs, curricula, and activities work. There are few programs that have been proven to prevent first-time perpetration or victimization of sexual violence. Programs that do show promise focus on healthy relationships education of youth 10-24 years of age and bystander intervention strategies for persons of all ages. The best prevention efforts are comprehensive and sustained over the long-term if a reduction in sexual violence is going to be achieved. 

Comprehensive sexual violence prevention programs have been established in four communities in Oklahoma.

Fact Sheets

Injury Update

Related Reports

Summary of Reportable Injuries

Links to other Sexual Violence Prevention sites

Contact Information
Injury Prevention Service
Oklahoma State Department of Health
1000 NE 10th Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73117
(405) 271-3430 or 1-800-522-0204 (toll-free in Oklahoma)

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