223330 Addressing the Underbelly of Legalized Prostitution: Primary Prevention of Sexual Assault and Violence in Nevada

Monday, November 8, 2010

Marya Shegog, PhD, MPH , Pharmacy Practice, Hampton University School of Pharmacy, Hampton, VA
Melva V. Thompson-Robinson, DrPH , School of Community Health Sciences, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
Nevada is one of the most ethnically diverse states within the United States. With legalized prostitution in the state, creating, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive primary sexual assault and violence (SAV) program is difficult. Many factors, such as the military presence, tribal lands, as well as the rural and urban areas, must be taken into consideration. Methods: In order determine the areas of greatest risk and highest need within the state, quantitative, electronic and paper, surveys were distributed to those who work within and ancillary to the field of SAV. In addition, key informant interviews were conducted to engage community leaders to discern both their understanding of SAV and what placed their individual communities at greatest risk for SAV. Findings: Within Nevada, many unique factors contribute to the lack of understanding and thus primary prevention of SAV. The research team found disparities surrounding the definition of what constitutes SAV as well as who can be a victim of SAV. In addition, the lack of resources and collaboration has proven to hinder primary SAV prevention endeavors in the state. From this research, a five year strategic plan has been created that incorporates behavioral theory, elements of CBPR and exhaustive evaluation.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Administration, management, leadership
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
From this presentation participants will learn: 1. The unique topography of the state of Nevada including various populations and unique environments that impact primary SAV prevention. 2. The quantitative and qualitative findings of the knowledge, perception, risk and protective factors surrounding SAV 3. The next steps to creating and implementing a comprehensive, theoretically-based primary SAV prevention program in Nevada

Keywords: Violence Prevention, Sexual Assault

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I managed the program described in the abstract and have a long history of APHA presentations.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.