Prevention is Possible

Every single one of us has the power to help create a safer world, free from sexual violence.

It’s On Us WV is a joint initiative, bringing together key stakeholders, prevention educators, schools, communities —and YOU—to create real change and end sexual violence in our state.  It is grounded in the belief that sexual violence is preventable and requires a community approach.

1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men in the US experience sexual violence.1. Smith, S.G., Chen, J., Basile, K.C., Gilbert, L.K., Merrick, M.T., Patel, N., Walling, M. & Jain, A. (2017). The national intimate partner and sexual violence survey: 2010-2012 state report. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

2. Smith SG, Zhang X, Basile KC, Merrick MT, Wang J, Kresnow M, Chen J. (2018). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2015 Data Brief— Updated Release. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
1 in 10 children in the US experience sexual abuse before their 18th birthday. 3. Townsend, C., & Rheingold, A.A., (2013). Estimating a child sexual abuse prevalence rate for practitioners: studies. Charleston, S.C., Darkness to Light. Retrieved from www.D2L.org.
1 in 5 female, 1 in 16 male, & nearly 1 in 4 transgender or gender nonconforming college students will experience sexual assault. 4. Cantor, D., Fisher, B., Chibnall, S., Harps, S., Townsend, R., Thomas, G., Lee, H., Kranz, V., Herbison, R. & Madden, K. (2019). Report      on the AAU campus climate survey on sexual assault and sexual misconduct. Washington, DC: Association of American Universities.

5. Krebs, C.  P., Lindquist, C.  Berzofsky, M., Shooks-Sa, B.  & Peterson, K.  (2016).  Campus climate survey validation study: Final     technical report.  Washington, DC: U.S.  Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics.

6. Tombros Korman, A., Greenstein, S., Wesaw, A.  & Hopp, J.  (2017).  Institutional responses to sexual violence: What data from a     culture of respect program tell us about the state of the field.  Washington, DC: National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.  

7. Washington Post & Kaiser Family Foundation. (2015). Survey of college students on sexual assault. Authors.
12 year olds & older with disabilities are 3x more likely to experience sexual assault than those without disabilities. 8.Harrell, E. (2017). Crime against persons with disabilities, 2009-2014 - Statistical tables. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics.

It’s all in
the numbers.

Our goal is to bring about positive change in individuals and within our relationships, communities, and larger society that will help prevent sexual violence. Our approach is broadly based on the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendations to prevent sexual violence and child abuse and neglect.

Education, training, and comprehensive planning.

It’s On Us WV acknowledges that everyone has a role in preventing violence. In order to make this happen, organizations across the state are working to reach every community to expand our collective efforts.

This website provides information, prevention programming, as well as opportunities to get involved in stopping sexual violence before it occurs.

Children & Youth

School-aged youth, school staff, families, and groups working with youth

College Students

College students, staff, and affiliated groups

Disability Providers

Persons with disabilities, caregivers, and allied professionals

Families &

Families, caregivers, and trusted adults