November 3, 2023

Sexual violence is an endemic public health problem that affects millions of people each year. In this session, we’ll explore the prevalence of sexual violence among adolescents and examine lessons learned from school-based prevention efforts to reduce and ultimately prevent such violence.

The November session of Hot Topics in Practice will provide a background on sexual violence among adolescents. Sexual violence impacts millions of adolescents each year, and nearly half of all girls and women and nearly a third of men will experience some form of sexual violence, coercion, or uninvited contact over the course of their lives. In addition to contextualizing the public health effects of sexual violence among adolescents, this session will also explore the need for school-based prevention efforts and the challenges such programs often confront.

During this hour-long webinar, Avanti Adhia and Nikki Van Wagner will provide a thorough background on the public health impacts of sexual violence among adolescents. Avanti is an Assistant Professor at UW who focuses her research on preventing interpersonal violence, while Nikki is a Program Consultant with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). After providing context for the impacts of sexual violence among adolescents, Avanti and Nikki will then explore new research from a pilot study on prevention strategies conducted at middle schools in Washington state. They’ll conclude by examining the challenges that school-based prevention efforts often encounter.

Register today to learn about the burden of sexual violence among adolescents, and explore the need for school-based prevention methods that can help reduce sexual violence and improve relational outcomes.

Preventing Sexual Violence among Adolescents in Middle Schools

Date: November 28, 2023, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (Pacific)

Intended Audiences

Local, state, and tribal public health practitioners


Avanti Adhia, ScD
Assistant Professor, University of Washington

Nikki Van Wagner, MA
Program Consultant - Sexual Violence Prevention, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) 

About Hot Topics in Practice

Hot Topics in Practice is a monthly webinar forum to discuss issues affecting public health practice.

Up to 1 CPH recertification credit may be earned by viewing this webinar. Visit the National Board of Public Health Examiners to learn more.