Sexual Violence is something that will affect most of us either personally or through the experience of a loved one. In fact, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 5 men in Virginia have been sexually assaulted before age 18 (Childhood Sexual Assault Victimization in Virginia, August 2004, Simpson & Odor, Virginia Department of Health). Because sexual abuse and assault is so prevalent, it is important that all of us know about this issue and how to interact with everyone who is affected by it.
More importantly, we need to start working to prevent violence before it starts!
The Collins Center is committed to educating individuals and raising awareness in our community, but at the same time working toward changing attitudes, norms, behaviors and environments that allow sexual violence in our society. We believe that sexual violence is preventable, but that it will take a comprehensive approach to address all factors on multiple levels. The Collins Center is committed to doing prevention work with individuals of all ages and backgrounds.