In 2007, through funding from the CDC’s Rape Prevention and Education Grant Program, the Sexual Violence Prevention Planning Committee was formed to create a rape prevention education plan for South Dakota. The plan provides South Dakota with a guide to reduce the burden of sexual violence and expand state systems’ capacities to address sexual violence. The plan provides a common direction for everyone involved in sexual violence prevention and helps to ensure that actions taken are mission driven and consistent with the plan’s goals. Additionally, it provides for the ongoing assessment of progress and identification of barriers and improves communication, coordination, and collaboration among those involved in rape prevention education. It also contributes to the development of effective rape prevention education programs through the design and implementation of an ongoing evaluation process.
To significantly reduce and ultimately end sexual violence in South Dakota by:
Promoting healthy and safe attitudes and beliefs about sexuality;
Empowering those who witness violence (bystanders) to speak out;
Developing interventions for young people who show risk factors for becoming perpetrators;
Promoting the status of women and girls; and
Recognizing the contributing causes of sexual violence in our society.