Data, Disparity, and Sexual Violence Prevention


Sexual violence impacts people of all identities and walks of life, yet victimization data demonstrate that the prevalence of sexual violence experience is not even across ethnicities. Per the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS), one in three multiracial women reported an experience of sexual assault, versus one-quarter of American Indian or Alaska Natives, one in five black women, and one in seven Hispanic women. These differences in prevalence have implications for prevention funding and culturally relevant programming.

Core issues, such as safe housing and economic opportunity must be addressed to end sexual violence. Race Counts is a database that uses an array of indicators to demonstrate the disparity in the following key areas: crime and justice, democracy, economic opportunity, education, health care access, healthy built environment, and housing. From the CDC’s STOP SV report, we know that many of these indicators are modifiable risk factors that we can tackle in our mission to end sexual violence.

Meghan Yap

Meghan first became involved with the fight to end sexual assault as a research assistant with UC San Diego Medical School’s Center on Gender Equity and Health (GEH). Through her work with the “It’s on Us” campaign, Meghan speaks publically about her experiences with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), rape, and recovery with the hope that her story will empower other survivors. In April 2016, Vice President Joe Biden awarded Meghan the White House “Champion of Change” honor for her efforts to address campus sexual assault and promote survivor-centered services and policies at UC San Diego. In her free time, Meghan volunteers as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for clinics in developing/underserved regions.

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