Nearly one in three adolescent girls is sexually assaulted or abused, often derailing futures, increasing school drop-out, and harming health and earning potential. But what if we could stop sexual violence before it happens? Futures Without Violence and its partner, International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), will demonstrate that we can—by scaling a program that is proven to prevent sexual and relationship violence among adolescents. Our rigorously tested model leverages the powerful cultural influence of sports to influence behavior and attitude change among adolescent boys and prevents violence before it happens. In areas of India, Native American Tribal Nations, and the U.S. with some of the most marginalized girls in the world, we will reach 20 million adolescents with this program, preventing ~8.5 million incidences of sexual and relationship violence; saving over $50 billion in societal costs; and demonstrating how, from cricket to soccer to baseball, every country has the means to end sexual violence.
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Domestic and sexual violence has increased significantly during the pandemic, with a disproportionate impact on Black, Indigenous and people of color. Black women, for instance, are 35% more likely to face domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence, and in some surveys, 96% of Native American women reported being a survivor of rape, sexual assault or physical abuse. At this critical time when rates of gender-based violence are on the rise, Futures Without Violence is seeking funds to 1.) expand our emergency response to reach survivors sheltering in place with an abuser, 2.) help Black, Indigenous and women of color survivors rebuild their lives following abuse, 3.) doubling down on our proven strategies led by women of color that address systemic inequities for survivors, and 4.) with our evidence-based models (proven through randomized controlled trials) to prevent future violence.
Racial and Ethnic Injustice Response
Our work is centered at the intersection of racial justice and gender justice. Black, Indigenous, and some women and girls of color face disproportionately higher rates of gender-based violence, as do gender non-conforming people of color. With domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault spiking in the conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic, our work spans both: 1.) emergency response (helping child and adult survivors get to safety when facing violence in the home) as well as 2.) prevention of future violence, for the communities most impacted. Our broader portfolio of work includes deeper systemic change programs that seek to transform the systems that should help survivors of gender-based violence and child abuse but are instead playing a role in perpetuating longstanding inequities and oppression (our portfolio of work includes: transformation across child welfare, criminal justice, education, housing, economic development - for Black, Indigenous, and people of color survivors.)