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Letter from the Secretary

SD Department of Education
April 2017  
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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

South Dakota’s Sexual Violence Prevention Planning Committee receives funding from the Center for Disease Control's Rape Prevention and Education Grant Program and works to implement sexual violence prevention strategies. Schools interested in offering student programming on the importance of healthy relationships can contact local service providers across South Dakota to find out what resources are available.

The South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault, located in Sioux Falls, is one such provider that also serves as a sort of clearinghouse which can point districts to resources available in their local communities.

“We recognize the importance of local control. Every school district is different, and we can help them find resources that meet their local needs,” says Krista Heeren-Graber, executive director of the SDNAFVSA. “The network has trainers who can provide a variety of programming, including Date Safe, which addresses healthy relationships, consent and bystander intervention. If there are tribal schools looking for a specific tribal emphasis, we also have some tribal contacts we can put them in touch with.”

A representative of the South Dakota Department of Education serves on the Sexual Violence Prevention Planning Committee, and the department supports implementation of the state’s sexual violence primary prevention plan. The department does not endorse any curriculum.


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