Faith-based settings are traditionally places where people trust the information they receive from leaders and other members. For example, messages to prevent or stop the number of sexual assaults may have a greater effect on members from the pulpit or through faith leaders than through other sources. Faith-based organizations can also help to prevent or stop sexual assaults through environment or policy changes. For example, faith community members may include prevention of sexual assault as part of their health ministry and outreach programs. Faith-based settings can be very important to victims of sexual assault because of the support these individuals can receive from this community.
Faith-based interventions work best when used with interventions in other settings:
- Community-based settings: faith-based organizations can reach out to community members to provide information about sexual assault prevention
- School-based settings: faith-based organizations can use school facilities and equipment to host events for sexual assault prevention
- Worksite-based settings: local businesses can sponsor faith-based seminars on connections between spiritual, physical, emotional and mental health
- Health care facility-based settings: faith-based organizations can work with health care providers to advocate for policies to prevent sexual assault
- Home-based settings: faith-based leaders can talk to members about ways to discuss sexual assault prevention with their families and children
Things to consider for faith-based interventions:
- Faith-based newsletters, church bulletins, posters and signs, or other materials can reach people that may not be reached in other settings.
- Messages about sexual assault prevention and ways to stop sexual assault may be trusted more from faith-based leaders.
- For African American communities, churches are an important place for health education because many people in this community go to church and view the church as an important place in their community.
- Churches, mosques, synagogues, temples or other places of worship often have meeting spaces, equipment, resources or volunteers that can be used to deliver sexual assault prevention interventions.
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