Statutory Rape Prevention Project
A Program of Nevada Public Health Foundation & Supported By The Nevada Division of Welfare & Supportive Services
WHAT WE DO...
We offer services in communities across Nevada
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The Statutory Rape Prevention Project is a program of Nevada Public Health Foundation in partnership with The Nevada Division of Welfare and Supportive Services. Since its creation in 1999, the Statutory Rape Prevention Project’s mission has been to increase the prevention and enforcement of age-gap relationships and increase awareness about the harmful, lifelong consequences on the victims by educating Nevadans and their communities.
We believe education and awareness
WHY IS AWARENESS & PREVENTION IMPORTANT?
Statutory Rape is a major issue in the United States; to combat this, every state has laws in place to protect young people from perpetrators and inappropriate sexual relationships. These inappropriate relationships are harmful for the adolescent involved.
- According to Child Trends, in 2002 approximately 13% of female and 5% of males under the age of 18 had experienced statutory rape.^
- In Nevada 70% of the babies born to teen mothers are fathered by adult men (2004 Nevada Vital Statistics).^
- Statutory rape victims are more likely to become pregnant, contract a sexually transmitted disease, drop out of school, experiment with drugs and alcohol, etc.^
- Evidence supports the need for this type of education due to the increase in teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, dropout rates, drug and alcohol use and disrupted development.^
- Most minors know the age limits for getting a tattoo, driver’s license, or even voting, but are not typically familiar with Nevada’s statutory rape laws.^
- As students begin dating and exploring their sexuality it is important to provide them with the proper education in order to prevent statutory rape from occurring. ^
WHAT THEY SAY...
What teens say about us?