Sexual violence prevention



Sexual violence prevention isn't just the absence of violence. It's also giving youth the opportunity to practice skills for creating healthy relationships, and empowering communities to lead prevention initiatives for greater connectedness, safer spaces, and increased economic stability to benefit all Coloradoans.


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If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, visit You Have The Right Colorado.

The Sexual Violence Prevention Program (SVP Program) recognizes the genocide and enslavement of black, indigenous and people of color shapes United States history and our current societal context. This racist history has built and maintained inequitable social, economic, and environmental systems for communities of color. These social inequities have greater influence on health than either individual choices or health care access. Equitable policies, practices and systems improve opportunities for all Coloradans.

The SVP Program takes an intersectional approach to our work, prioritizing race and then layering other forms of oppression. Oppressive systems give power and privilege to certain groups over others based on identities including: race, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, and class. Intersectionality appreciates that all individuals have a number of identities. People of color whose identities intersect with those of other discriminated social statuses experience mistreatment that is amplified by the interaction with racism.

Racism reinforces systems of oppression and increases likelihood of injury and violence within communities of color. Stigma and discrimination intersect and worsen these negative health outcomes. It is important for public health to address race and ethnicity alongside gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, and other identities. Understanding of these larger systems must inform strategies to research and prevent violence.


Fast Facts:

Sexual Violence Prevention program fact sheet

Statistics & Resources for Sexual Violence Prevention

Statistical information, other resources, research, and tools.

Youth Sexual Health Resources for Professionals

A variety of tools and materials for professionals.

More about Youth Sexual Health


List of current grant-funded agencies, funding announcements, and upcoming training.

Community Engagement and Funding Opportunities

The Sexual Violence Prevention Community Conversation Report and a list of upcoming "Get Ready" Meetings to support future funding applicants.

Interested in joining the Sexual Violence Prevention Program Advisory? Email us