Primary prevention is a systematic process that promotes healthy environments and behaviors and reduces the likelihood or frequency of an injury or traumatization. Primary prevention efforts are those that aim to stop the harm from happening in the first place. Prevention requires comprehensive efforts for reducing and ending sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking.
Primary prevention efforts in Minnesota increase investment in, and focus on strategies to end sexual exploitation and the demand for it. In contrast to victim services, criminal justice expansion and response after harm is done, effective prevention efforts focus on actions to significantly:
- Reduce the likelihood that males will buy or sell women or children.
- Reduce the likelihood that women and children will be vulnerable to such commodification and exploitation.
- And reduce the ways that businesses are profiting from trafficking and exploitation.
Please see the Primary Prevention Fact Sheet here for more information.