Preventing Sexual Violence in Kansas: Building Capacity to Stop Sexual Violence BEFORE it Occurs

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is engaged in a wide range of activities to prevent rape and other forms of sexual violence, and it has taken a novel approach to the collection and use of data to better understand and stop sexual violence BEFORE it begins. With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) program, Kansas is thinking outside the box to enhance its understanding of sexual violence. By collecting and analyzing data related to sexual violence, chronic disease, and other health risk behaviors (such as tobacco use and physical inactivity), the state is able to make connections between multiple variables and use the information to inform policies and practices that prevent sexual violence.

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