Likely the Most Effective Strategy

The strategy most likely to be successful would be to prevent the creation of the hazard in the first place. This is an education strategy which focuses on changing social norms and societal views. This can include: focus energy on changing societal norms about hypermasculinity, male superiority, women's inferiority and sexual entitlement. The best strategy would be to start at a young age to promote positive healthy relationships and teach our young that sexual violence is never okay under any circumstances. Also focus energy on girls to increase their self-esteem and find positive role models that do not demonstrate female inferiority and sexual submissiveness. Teach accurate information and healthy sexuality in schools with a sex positive curriculum that does not shame sex or twist information and research. Changing these high-risk behaviors and teaching what a positive and healthy sexual relationship entails at a young age will promote healthy relationships and would likely be highly effective in decreasing the incidence of SA. Additionally, using other education efforts to promote these messages such as violence prevention educators on college campuses and public services announcements with positive messages may be effective in changing attitudes towards SA. Working to decrease negative advertisements that sustain these negative and untrue messages and promoting positive advertising messages could help to change the climate around sex and negate confusing messages about sex. This strategy works to change the fundamental societal problems that lead to SA such as male superiority and sexual entitlement, and would therefore be more successful than short-term or temporary ways to alter the problem.

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