Whole of School Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence Program today received a bronze award in the community-led category of the 2018 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA).
The ACVPA recognise best practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia.
Sexual Assault Support Service Chief Executive Officer Jill Maxwell said the program targets both potential perpetrators and victims of sexual violence, in addition to teachers, as important influential adults in adolescents’ lives.
“The program was motivated by alarming findings that young people are more likely to hold sexual violence-supportive attitudes than other age groups,” Ms Maxwell said.
“The Whole of School Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence Program aims to address the underlying causes of sexual assault, thereby reducing its incidence and impacts, through promoting respectful sexual behaviours amongst young people and by enhancing the capacity of Tasmanian secondary school communities to respond to and prevent sexual assault.
“So much of the work we do here at SASS is behind the scenes, so it’s wonderful to see the passion and dedication our team have to primary prevention work being recognised on a national scale,” she said.
These annual awards recognise the outstanding contributions being made across Australia for crime prevention, including the development and implementation of practical projects to reduce violence and other types of crime in the community.
Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Director, Michael Phelan APM said the program provides an important primary prevention role.
“Through its thought-provoking, engaging and participatory sessions, the program instils a responsibility for preventing and addressing sexual violence.
“The program is improving students’ knowledge of and attitudes towards sexual harassment and violence, consent, ethical decision-making, bystander interventions, and accessing help,” Mr Phelan said.
All projects are assessed each year by the ACVPA Board, which consists of senior law enforcement representatives from each state and territory police service, and chaired by the AIC Director.
Tasmania Police Commissioner Darren Hine said: “Crime and violence prevention isn’t only a police responsibility—it’s a community issue.”
“Together we work with organisations and other key stakeholders to help prevent crime and violence against the community and reduce the impact of crime on everyday Tasmanians.
“Tasmania Police is pleased to support these awards as a way of raising awareness to help make our community safer,” he said.
The awards are a joint initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments, coordinated by the AIC and co-sponsored by the Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Management.
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