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Rape Prevention Education Program

DC Health’s Rape Prevention Education (RPE) Program, located within the Community Health Administration, offers free violence/sexual assault prevention education for schools and organizations in an effort to improve the health outcomes of District of Columbia youth.

The goals of the RPE are to:

  • Reduce first time abuse
  • Provide youth with accurate information that will empower students to identify signs of abuse before it occurs
  • Empower youth to report abuse when it occurs
  • Provide essentials skills for communication and conflict management

The program targets grades Kindergarten through twelve, their families, and community members in Wards 5, 7 and 8. The RPE Program provides age appropriate evidence-informed and evidence-based sexual violence prevention curricula. The curricula promote awareness and provide information that can keep students safe. The education curricula include the following:

  • Speak Up Be Safe: a curriculum that equips children and their adult community with skills they need to play a significant role in the prevention or interruption of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, neglect. (Grades 1-6)
  • Dating Smarts: a curriculum that uses highly engaging activities to explore essential aspects of early relationships – attraction, infatuation, feelings, rejection. Students learn the “how-to” skills of what to say and do, as well as ways to really get to know someone, and to build a relationship. (Grades 5-9)
  • Relationship Plus: a curriculum that uses hands-on activities to build skills and knowledge necessary for making wise relationship choices. (Grades 9-12)

For more information, please contact us via email at [email protected] or via phone at 202.442.5925

Contact Phone: 
(202) 442-5925
Contact Fax: 
(202) 442-4947
Contact TTY: 
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm