During this one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, 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.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the burden and health consequences of sexual violence among adolescents.
  • Explore evidence-informed approaches to sexual violence prevention.
  • Describe the need for school-based prevention efforts to reduce sexual violence.
  • Discuss challenges and recommendations for conducting school-based prevention programs and research.

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) 

Discussion Questions

  • What is your organization’s role in preventing sexual violence? What is your role? Describe the actions you’ve taken in your work or practice that help you be an authentic adult ally to young people.
  • What messages about sexual violence did you receive in school as an adolescent, including perceived norms, attitudes, beliefs, education and resources? From whom did these messages come? Were they subtle or overt? Positive or negative? How might these be similar to or different from the messages young people are exposed to today?
  • How can schools play a role in responding to and ultimately preventing sexual violence among adolescents? What is important for relationship-building with schools and young people?


Continuing Education Credits

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

Air Date: 
Tuesday, November 28, 2023, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm PST
Vulnerable Populations & Health Disparities
1 hour
Hot Topics in Practice
Competency Domains: 
Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills
Policy Development/Program Planning Skills