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Rape Prevention Program 

The PHHSBG funded goals of the Rape Prevention Program (RPP) at the Ohio Department of Health are:

  • To reduce the incidence of rape and other forms of sexual assault through prevention programs and public awareness campaigns.
  • To ensure that survivors of sexual assault have access to comprehensive, quality services including emergency medical care, hotlines and other crisis support, advocacy, support groups and counseling.

The program supports the provision of primary prevention of sexual violence with both women and men throughout the state, and provides a continuing emphasis on crisis and advocacy services.  The RPP is a federally mandated set-aside as part of the Block Grant and leverages other funds to address Violence Against Women, including funds from the CDC and the Department of Justice.

Based on FBI statistics for Ohio in the “Sourcebook on Criminal Justice Statistics”, 4548 rapes were reported to law enforcement in Ohio in 2006. A report released in 2003 by the CDC National Violence Against Women Research Center entitled “Rape in Ohio:  a Report to the State”, revealed that 14.3 percent of adult women in Ohio have been victims of one or more completed forcible rapes during their lifetime.  

Furthermore, the National Violence Against women survey (NVAWS) of 8,000 women and 8,000 men conducted by the National institute of Justice (NIJ) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in 1995/96 found that only 31 percent (less than one in every three) of rapes or sexual assaults were reported to law enforcement.  Rape is also disproportionately experienced by African American women and poor women. According to the 1999 National Crime Victimization survey (NCVS) 89 percent of rape victims are female and 11 percent are male. According to the NCVS, young people continue to be at greater risk of rape and sexual assault than any other group. According to information gathers by the RPP at ODH in 2000, of the 88 counties in Ohio, 11 counties have no specific sexual assault services, 33 counties have widely varying services offered by agencies in other counties, four have partial local services and 40 have full local rape prevention/crisis intervention program (hotline/helpline, hospital and legal advocacy, support groups, counseling, referral, school and community prevention programs and public awareness efforts).

RPP Activities

  • Provide education on sexual assault prevention and services to children, adolescents and adults, including professionals.
    Work in collaboration with other state and local program to establish an Ohio Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Plan and to convene and facilitate committees and support implementation of the plan.   .
  • Support the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence statewide leadership for sexual violence programming and services in Ohio.
  • Ensure access to sexual assault crisis hotlines and other crisis services.
  • Offer training to service providers on providing appropriate and coordinated services to sexual assault survivors.
  • Update and distribute the Ohio Protocol for Sexual Assault Forensic and Medical Evidence Collection.

For more information visit the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Prevention Program web page.

Last Updated: 1/27/17