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Rape Prevention Education

Sexual violence is a major public health issue that results in long-term social and economic costs.   Sexual assaults are tracked by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and are identified as cases involving victims of forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, forcible fondling, incest, or statutory rape.

According to 2017 data, in Tennessee:

  • 6,177 people reported being sexually assaulted in 2017 in Tennessee.
  • 14-17 year olds had the highest rate of sexual assault compared to other age groups.
  • Females were approximately seven times as likely as males to be sexually assaulted.
  • Between 2013 and 2017, the sexual assault rate in TN increased from 94.9 to 101.0 per 100,000 population.
  • To see more information on 2017 sexual assault data, please follow this link: 2017 Sexual Assault Data

The Rape Prevention Education (RPE) program efforts address perpetration, victimization, bystander attitudes and behavior and social norms.

Evidence based programs

The RPE program aims to reduce the rate of sexual violence among Tennesseans. The RPE Program provides opportunities for professionals, advocates, staff, youth and community members to learn concepts and skills necessary to reduce the initiation of sexual violence.  For more information about the following evidence-based programs contact the RPE program at 615-532-7768.


Safe Dates is a10 session school-based dating abuse prevention curriculum that is effective in both males and females in middle and high school. Safe Dates targets primary and secondary prevention and is aimed at preventing both victimization and perpetration. A free facilitator training is scheduled for Fall 2016, if interested in attending contact the RPE program.


Coaching Boys into Men (CBIM) is a comprehensive violence prevention that engages athletic coaches as positive role models to deliver violence-prevention messages to young male athletes. CBIM consist of a series of training cards that offer key strategies for opening conversations about dating violence, bystander intervention, leadership, and healthy relationships. For a free copy of the CBIM toolkit and to receive training on implementation contact the RPE program.


Bringing in the Bystander is often implemented in a university campus setting to college students. Bringing in the Bystander teaches bystanders how to intervene safely and effectively in cases where sexual assault, relationship violence, or stalking may occur. This program is currently being used in local universities. For more information about technical assistance, implementation and upcoming training opportunities contact the RPE Program.