Interested in understanding the intersectional experiences of communities most often at the margins in sexual violence prevention work? Join representatives from 3 RPE programs to: discuss their approaches to sexual violence needs assessments; engage in critical conversations about equity-focused needs assessments; and explore how to conduct a community engaged assessment of your own!

To more intentionally center equity in their prevention work and build capacity to partner with communities disproportionately impacted by sexual violence, Maryland, Michigan, and Wyoming conducted statewide needs assessments, plus a related economic impact project. In this interactive workshop, they will share stories, tips, and tools, and participants will get hands-on practice planning their own equitable assessment. Discussion will include when attempts to engage communities may run counter to true equity assessment: Issues related to data extraction, relationships with communities, and limitations on data in small populations will be addressed. Each state will share highlights from their assessments, including practical tips and lessons learned for equity-focused, culturally-responsive, and community-engaged work. 

Presenters will share their resulting recommendations for community-specific strategies for LGBTQ+ (including transgender, non-binary, intersex, asexual, and bisexual); BIPOC (including Black and African American, Latinx, AAPI, Native and Indigenous people); men and male-identified individuals (including those in the military and non-college aged); rural communities; and people with disabilities. Content and critical conversations will emphasize anti-oppression principles in practice, intersectionality, and community and societal level strategies. Participants will use an equity-focused tool to strategize how to conduct their own assessments and to use the findings to increase equity in their prevention approaches.


Erin Boguski, Tanisha Robinson, Sara McGirr, Cassandra Burson

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