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Prevention Work

Our work to prevent sexual violence

Drawing on decades of experience of working with survivors of sexual violence across Scotland, the Rape Crisis network is at the forefront of efforts to prevent violence, to work towards the long-term aim that we live in society free from sexual violence. In recent years we have built upon our substantial expertise by developing well-researched and evidenced approaches to primary prevention of sexual violence. Primary prevention involves working to tackle the causes of violence before it happens, with the aim that all people growing up in Scotland have the knowledge, understanding and skills to:

· be part of a society which rejects violence and strives for equality between girls and boys, women and men

· enjoy healthy sexual relationships free from coercion or violence at the time that’s right for them

· be supportive and find appropriate help if their friend, partner, colleague or family member discloses that they’ve been affected

Working with young people

Although sexual violence affects people of all ages, our prevention programmes focus on young people as it’s a key age for learning about sexual relationships, and young people have the right to safe spaces and sound information to support this learning. Rape Crisis Scotland is working in partnership with local Rape Crisis centres to coordinate and deliver this work, and you can find out more about each of our programmes by clicking on the tabs below, including what we’re doing, who our partners and funders are, how to get in touch and crucially what the young people and the teachers and workers who support them have to say.

Strategic work and partnerships

We are fortunate in Scotland to be working alongside a vibrant community of partners and organisations in the statutory and voluntary who are committed to tackling sexual violence and other forms of violence and women and girls, and gender based violence more widely. To make progress in tackling such pervasive forms of violence, we need a strategic approach to joining together, sharing our expertise and coordinating our work. Through the Equally Safe strategy and delivery plan, the Scottish Government and COSLA are taking a strategic lead in how we plan and deliver actions across the country to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls. Our prevention programmes make a key contribution to this strategic work, and the support of the Scottish Government has been essential in enabling us to develop and scale them up.

As well as through Equally Safe, we work closely with the Scottish Government and partners through strategic working groups across a range of sectors that are essential to tackling sexual violence including education, children and families, health and criminal justice.

Children and young people’s rights and participation

Our approach to prevention is also informed by strong principles around children and young people’s rights and participation, and in all our work we seek to engage with young people as active partners, who have their own feelings about these issues and ideas about what they can do to tackle them that we want to support.

Prevention work contributes to the aims of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which enshrines those rights which should be a reality for all children such as the right to protection from violence, abuse and neglect, the right to protection from sexual abuse and exploitation and the right to non-discrimination.

This ten-minute training tool gives an overview of the Rights of the Child.

You can find out more about children and young people’s views about gender based violence and how the justice system, services and society more widely can address these issues by reading the findings of the Everyday Heroes programme which we were delighted to take part in along with partners the University of Edinburgh, Barnardos, Scottish Women’s Aid and Scottish Youth Parliament, with funding from the Scottish Government.

Get in touch

For more information about our prevention work in general, please get in touch with prevention@rapecrisisscotland.org.uk or see the tabs below for contacts for each of our programmes.

You can keep in touch with recent developments on our social media
Twitter: @RCS_Prevention