Georgia Rape Prevention and Education Program
The Georgia Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) Program is part of a national effort launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in response to the Violence Against Women Act of 1994. The program provides funding to states to support the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of rape prevention and education programs.
Currently, rape and sexual violence prevention activities are underway in nine public health districts, covering 38 counties. Local grantees work in collaboration with rape crisis centers, state sexual assault coalitions, non-profit agencies and other community partners to implement the following: educational seminars; training programs for professionals; operation of hotlines; training programs for students and college campus personnel designed to reduce the incidence of sexual assault; and awareness activities that address drug facilitated sexual assault.
The Rape Prevention and Education program activities are guided by six prevention principles:
- Prevent first-time perpetration and victimization;
- Reduce modifiable risk factors while enhancing protective factors associated with sexual violence perpetration and victimization;
- Use the best available evidence when planning, implementing, and evaluating prevention programs;
- Incorporate behavior and social change theories into prevention programs;
- Use population-based surveillance to inform program decisions and monitor trends; and
- Evaluate prevention efforts and use the results to improve future program plans.