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WEBSITE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health

RAPE PREVENTION EDUCATION (RPE) PROGRAM

The South Dakota Rape Prevention Education (RPE) program is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This funding is authorized through the Violence Against Women Act.

The goal of the RPE program is to strengthen sexual violence prevention efforts by focusing on primary prevention; preventing sexual violence before it occurs. It operates in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and six U.S. territories.

Facts about Sexual Violence

Sexual violence is any sexual activity where consent is not freely given. Sexual violence affects millions of people each year in the United States. The 2015 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) reports:

  • More than 1 in 3 women and nearly 1 in 4 men have experienced sexual violence involving physical contact at some point in their lives.
  • Nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 38 men have experienced completed or attempted rape in their lifetimes

EVALUATION TOOLS FOR FUNDED PARTNERS

Effective program evaluation is a systematic way to improve and account for public health actions by involving procedures that are useful, feasible, ethical, and accurate. Several evaluation tools were developed to monitor and assess South Dakota RPE program activities:

FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE RPE PROGRAM

To learn more about the South Dakota RPE Program please review the following documents:

Other helpful Links

Get Involoved

Are you interested in making a difference in preventing sexual violence in South Dakota? If so, join the Sexual Violence Prevention Planning Committee today. This committee welcomes individuals and organizations throughout the state who are dedicated to ending sexual violence perpetration and victimization and supporting survivors of sexual violence. If you are interested in joining or learning more, please click on the FORM button below and provide the information requested. Once you’ve completed the form, someone from our team will contact you with more information.

Contact

Phone: 605-773-3361
Email: DOH.INFO
Fax: 605-773-5683

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