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Preventing Sexual Re-victimization: Tailoring Prevention for Previously Victimized Women

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Published Date
December, 2003

Reprinted from Partners in Social Change, Volume V, Number 1. Ending violence against women and dismantling the societal conditions that support it is a primary aim of sexual violence prevention work. Until sexual violence is drastically reduced, however, advocates also need to continue to help girls and women develop self-protection skills that can be used in the face of an assault threat. Research suggests that the single most consistent risk factor for sexual victimization for women is a previous sexual assault. Women who have experienced sexual abuse are at 1.5 to 2.5 times greater risk for rape than women who have not been victimized. At the same time, many prevention approaches that may be helpful for women generally have been shown to be ineffective for previously victimized women. This article by Erin Casey, MSW offers insight into how advocates might tailor sexual violence prevention programs to specifically address issues of re-victimization.