Sexual Violence Prevention

With support from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, LiveWell Douglas County formed a Sexual Violence Prevention Work Group to conduct a community assessment of risk and protective factors related to sexual violence in Lawrence, Kansas. The work group utilized the approach laid out in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Connecting the Dots: An Overview of the Links Among Multiple Forms of Violence.” This approach underscores the interconnectedness of different forms of violence, and the importance of moving upstream to address risk and protective factors in order to prevent violence from occurring. 

This assessment presents data regarding risk and protective factors related to sexual violence from local, state and national health agencies, as well as from a community survey completed by 290 residents specifically exploring risk and protective factors of community support and connectedness, community perceptions of violence, and harmful gender stereotypes about sexual violence, specifically rape myths.

Work group members reviewed existing data, designed and disseminated the survey, and reviewed responses.

Sexual Violence Prevention efforts supported the development and implementation of a new SafeBar Alliance curriculum, as well as working with the City of Lawrence and other partners to work on ways to ensure affordable housing policy prohibits discriminatory practices.

Key risk factors for sexual violence that have been prioritized for action include:

  • Gender pay gap/ income inequality
  • Poverty
  • High rates of residents experiencing severe  housing cost burden
  • High alcohol outlet density

Recent Workgroup Accomplishments

Sexual Violence Prevention efforts supported the development and implementation of a new SafeBar Alliance curriculum, as well as working with the City of Lawrence and other partners to work on ways to ensure affordable housing policy prohibits discriminatory practices.

LiveWell Annual Celebration Breakfast Awards

As part of its annual celebration, on Friday, November 19, the LiveWell Douglas County coalition awarded Culture of Health Action Awards to both coalition members and community partners whose efforts have helped improve the health and well-being of Douglas County residents. 

LiveWell’s Sexual Violence Prevention Work Group recognized Katie Barnett. Katie has been integrally involved in mobilizing the work of the Work Group and advancing equitable housing policies.

Work Group Leadership

  • Chair: Gabby Boyle, Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center
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