School-based interventions can help students, parents, teachers and administrators prevent or stop the number of sexual assaults. This can happen through different types of support. For example, schools can provide information about sexual assault prevention, teach skills to prevent or stop the number of sexual assaults, or increase feelings of acceptance and belonging for victims of sexual assault. Schools are also good resources for the broader community. For example, schools are a place to get help and their purpose is to educate. School-based interventions should provide ample resources and support to teachers, administrators, staff, parents and students.
School-based interventions work best when used with interventions in other settings:
- Community-based settings: schools can provide a place for community training to prevent or stop the number of sexual assaults
- Worksite-based settings: schools can provide management workshops to prevent or stop the number of sexual assaults
- Faith-based settings: use of school grounds to host events for preventing or stopping the number of sexual assaults
- Health care facility-based settings: school nurses can refer students or families to health care providers
- Home-based settings: schools can send letters to parents to talk with their children about sexual assault prevention
Things to consider for school-based interventions:
- Schools work with students, teachers, and parents most days of the week. Information about sexual assault prevention can be given in many ways. For example, schools have parent newsletters, Channel One programming, student newspapers, or daily announcements. These can be used to help prevent or stop sexual assaults.
- Schools can help reach people that may not go to a health care provider on a regular basis.
- The school is a learning environment. Children are there to learn new ideas and get support from teachers and administrators.
- Colleges and universities can talk about sexual assault prevention in newspapers, ads or posters, or events and items given to students.
- Teaching children to be prepared can help to cut the number of sexual assault cases later in life.
- School teachers and staff can work with health educators to get advice on the best ways to prevent or stop sexual assaults.