The Alliance has compiled a number of resources available for survivors, their friends and families, and professionals assisting survivors in New York City.

Policy Priority: Primary Prevention

NYC has a long history of agencies that have dedicated time and money to provide much-needed services to survivors of sexual violence. However, very little attention has been paid to stopping the tens of thousands of sexual assaults that occur in NYC each year—before they happen. The NYC Alliance recognizes that in order to reduce the incidence of sexual violence, resources must be devoted to addressing the root causes of sexual violence. This is referred to as primary prevention—primary because it addresses a problem before it occurs on the individual, relational, community and policy levels.


  • Increase dialogue on the part of the public and policy makers about sexual violence as a public health and human rights issue that can be prevented.
  • Advocate that public agencies prioritize primary prevention of sexual violence within the communities they serve and within their own workplace, taking the opportunity to model primary prevention principles in all of their work.
  • Make the connections between sexual violence and other social and health issues. In order for sexual violence prevention to be effective, agencies that address education, youth development, health and mental health, economic development and social justice must audit their policies and practices for inclusion of sexual violence prevention.
  • Advocate for increased resources for the development and evaluation of community-driven sexual violence prevention initiatives.
  • Continue to support Project ENVISION. Go here to read the Research to Action 2009 summary and recommendations.

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Denim Day supporters with Mayor Bloomberg
Denim Day supporters with Mayor Bloomberg