At last a movement to stop sexual violence before it occurs. The 2010-2020 New Jersey Sexual Violence Prevention Plan is the result of a three year collaborative effort by national, state and local partners. Historically, New Jersey focused most of its efforts on crisis response and survivor treatment only after an incident of sexual violence has occurred. Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this new plan represents a proactive, cutting edge and comprehensive set of actions to stop sexual violence before it occurs in New Jersey.
Sexual violence is part of a larger culture of violence that shares risk factors with other societal problems of child abuse, gang violence, bullying, and domestic violence. These problems plague our communities, schools and families and require our joint efforts to solve them.
These thoughts are excerpted from a report prepared by the Prevention and Public Education Committee of the Governor’s Advisory Council Against Sexual Violence of which I have been a member for the last two years.
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We encourage you to learn more about Denim Day which will be observed this Wednesday, April 28th. Sponsored by NJCASA to raise awareness, you can learn more from their website. Sign up on Facebook to give your support to this important movement.