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Sexual Abuse Prevention Network

Sexual Abuse Prevention Network (SAPN) is a New Zealand non-governmental organisation that works in primary prevention of sexual abuse. The organisation focuses its prevention efforts on education and is also involved in awareness raising activities.[1] The organisation is governed by Wellington Rape Crisis, Wellington Sexual Abuse HELP Foundation and WellStop.[2]



Sexual Abuse Prevention Network began as informal meetings between Wellington Rape Crisis, Wellington Sexual Abuse HELP Foundation and WellStop.[2] The collaboration was formalised as Wellington Sexual Abuse Network in 2011 and in 2013 the Network relaunched with the name, Sexual Abuse Prevention Network.


Sexual Abuse Prevention Network is part of the Who are You? Steering Committee that manages the use and distribution of the Who are You? film and toolkit.[3] The organisation runs a program for people working in the hospitality sector, including bar staff and security staff, to train them to identify situations that may lead to sexual violence and how to intervene. The tools to do so have been drawn from the social psychology research into the phenomenon of the Bystander effect. In 2015, Sexual Abuse Prevention Network presented on this topic at the NGO side events at the 59th UN Commission on the Status of Women.[4]


Sexual Abuse Prevention Network regularly speaks out on a range of issues relating to sexual abuse and rape culture, particularly on emerging issues of technology-facilated sexual violence.[5] This has included the Roast Busters Scandal, the sharing of nude images without consent and dating apps such as Tinder (app) and Grindr.[6]

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  1. ^ "Sexual Abuse Prevention Network Submission to Select Committee". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b Shadwell, Talia. "Bar staff trained in predator spotting". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Toolkit". Who are you?. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  4. ^ NGO CSW Handbook 2015. New York: NGO Committee on the Status of Women. 2015. p. 33.
  5. ^ Weekes, John. "Facebook groups the 'ugly underbelly of sexism'". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  6. ^ Shadwell, Talia. "Police field sexual assault complaints from users of Tinder and Grindr apps". Stuff. Retrieved 29 November 2015.

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