A teenage girl and boy with big smiles are eating ice cream. The boy, who has freckles on his face, has his arm around the girl who has long brown hair.


A teenage boy and adult man, likely his teacher, are walking down the hall of a high school, with lockers to the right. They are talking to each other in a respectful manner.



We use this term often, but what does it mean? How do we show it and who do we have it for? Respect involves truly caring about the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of others. It’s about loving others for who they are and not trying to change them into someone else. It’s also about the love and the care you have for yourself. 

Two teenage girls are riding on the backs of two teenage boys, walking down a nature path. They are smiling and laughing, enjoying their time together.
Three teenage boys are on a basketball court and looking at the phone that one boy is holding. The boy holding the phone is in a wheelchair.

Communicating is both about how we convey our ideas, feelings, AND how we are able to receive the thoughts, feelings, and ideas of others. Communication can be verbal, non-verbal, online, physical, and sexual. We are all life-long learners on how to better communicate, both personally and professionally.

A teenage girl by herself looks at her phone, smiling.
2 teenage girls in basketball uniforms, one holding a basket ball, are sitting on the floor with their coach, an adult woman kneeling beside them. They are having a conversation.

We consent to things daily! In fact, a recent survey showed the average adult makes over 35,000 decisions/day. We are experts in consent and decision-making; however, when it comes to sex and intimacy, we tend to believe it’s confusing, unclear, and “gray.” Consent at its core is when everyone involved freely and willingly agree to participate – when all involved are in harmony. For more information, including ages of consent per state, and more details about consent, when consent is given, not given, and how to ensure you have consent, please visit the resource hub.

Two teenage boys/young men lying next to one another, smiling and looking into the camera. One boy has his arm around the other in a loving way.
A teenage girl and boy, presumably in a relationship, are sitting close together, laughing/smiling while looking at a computer.


SCCADVASA is excited to share this comprehensive prevention website with our member organizations, community partners, and the general public. The website aims to increase the communities’ understanding of ways to promote healthy relationships in our communities and provide strategies to reduce the likelihood of sexual violence among youth. SCCADVASA developed this website through funding provided from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Rape Prevention Education (RPE) supplemental funding to address prevention specific needs during COVID-19. Our goal for the website enables the spread of crucial information and build upon pre-existing resources to share cutting-edge tools that have not previously existed in one collective site. The incorporation of these sexual violence prevention materials is organized into an easy-to-access and interactive online format, ensuring access to best practices and promising prevention research initiatives well into the future.

We would like to thank the membership outreach partners who contributed to the collection of content, along with members of the SCCADVASA staff and our content and website developers for their assistance with this project. Funding for this website is made available by a Center for Disease Control (CDC) Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) program COVID-19 Supplemental Funds grant (CDC-RFA-CE19-1902), awarded to the South Carolina (SC) Department of Health & Environmental Control (DHEC), Division of Women’s Health, and managed by the SC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA).

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