Sexual violence prevention starts with education José Santos July 12, 2022

Sexual violence prevention starts with education

One innovative initiative is building a platform to increase the available knowledge and training materials on emotional and sexual violence for professionals working with young people, especially professors. This is expected to support gender-based violence awareness and prevention among youth.

The access of youngsters to emotional and sexual education has been a long-time concern for governments, NGOs, and local institutions across Europe. Comprehensive sexual education allows young people to develop social and sexual relations based on respect. This perspective enables them to think about how their choices affect their well-being and others. Such competencies, in turn, contribute to community safety, security prevention, and stability.

It is in this context that the PREVEX project arises. The initiative aims at updating knowledge in the university context on the criminal, and social dimensions of sexual violence. The initiative will implement a platform containing information, training resources, and specific paths adapted to initial and continuous education needs. These materials are aimed at university professors but will also be available to judges, special educators, psychologists, and social workers who work with youth.

Training of Trainers: the first step toward the prevention of emotional and sexual violence

The PREVEX project has officially had its first training session on the 17th, 18th, and 19th of May 2022. This training session was held in Toulouse, France, gathering the project promoters and event hosts, the Les Militants Des Savoirs Association.


For its first Training of Trainers the PREVEX project gathered organisations, experts, practitioners, and trainees from six countries. This event was organised to enrich and consolidate trainers’  emotional and sexual education skills.

The topics addressed in this training focused on representations of affective and sexual education. Participants developed their knowledge through debate and case study analysis with a heavy practical component.

To create a solid foundation on the theme, trainers were presented with work sessions focused on the definitions and evolution of emotional and sexual education in Europe. Furthermore, the current gender issues in this field of education were presented by the consortium partner University Rey Juan Carlos.

The participants also learned more about different structures promoting emotional and sexual education. Under this theme, the Association Le Refuge (France) presented their contributions to supporting young LGBTQIA+ people, aged 14 to 25, driven out of their homes.

A documentary on “Sex without consent” was the launch point for a debate with multiple perspectives according to participants’ perceptions, expertise, knowledge, and practices in their countries.

Moreover, partnership experts in sexual education shared some of the best practices in the context of their countries. This knowledge-sharing allowed the present trainers to increase their array of teaching methods and tools regarding sexual education.

PREVEX partners from Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, and Malta got together to coordinate the project activities in Lisbon on the 11th and 12th of July, 2022

What is next for PREVEX?

The second training session in the scope of the PREVEX project is set to happen in November 2022 and will be held in Lille, France. The project consortium hopes to continue engaging a large number of participants and building knowledge on the topics of Emotional and Sexual Abuse Among Young People.

Know more about this project


Preventing Emotional and Sexual Abuse Among Young People

The PREVEX project is promoted by the Les Militants Des Savoirs Association (France) and partnered by BSAFE LAB/Beira Interior University (Portugal), IPS_Innovative Prison Systems (Portugal), University of Calabria (Italy), University of Lille (France), Salzburg University of Applied Sciences (Austria), University Rey Juan Carlos (Spain) and University of Malta (Malta).

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