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Preventing Sexual Violence

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The Florida Department of Health's Sexual Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) reminds Floridians, especially young adults, to stay safe, watch out for each other, make responsible decisions, and talk about their attitudes regarding sexual violence with the launch of the "Rape. Talk About It. Prevent It." media campaign.

"Sexual violence is a serious public health issue that affects thousands of Floridians each year," said Annette Phelps, ARNP, MSN, Family Health Services Division Director. "By raising awareness and opening the channels of communication, we can begin to change the attitudes and behaviors that lead to sexual violence. Educating the public on prevention is the first step toward stopping sexual violence before it starts."

The SVPP offers the following strategies to prevent sexual violence:

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• Learn more about sexual violence prevention and share information with friends, co-workers, and family about how to create safe, healthy relationships.

• Speak up when you hear people talking in a way that is not respectful; let them know it is not acceptable.

• Get involved by working with those who are dedicated to preventing sexual violence on your campus, in your neighborhood or community.

The "Rape. Talk About It. Prevent It." media campaign will be visible to an estimated 593,940,000 people in 14 Florida cities during the year long campaign. In addition to billboards and placards in malls and bus shelters that are already posted, companion radio public service announcements are anticipated to begin airing in mid-to-late September.

The SVPP has broadened their public outreach for the "Rape. Talk About It. Prevent It." media campaign by utilizing the Florida Outdoor Advertising Association's (FOAA) Public Service Program. This program provides qualified participants with the opportunity to raise statewide awareness for their public service messages through advertising space donated by participating FOAA member companies.