SAPN supports the local communities facilitating change at a local level, enabling effective change through collaboration and networking across a diverse range of groups and individuals within the community.
We believe that the best way to prevent sexual violence is to develop strengths and not simply focus on deficit reduction or elimination.
We believe that to effectively address the prevention of sexual violence, wherever possible we must help people develop positive respectful sexual relationships rather than simply focusing in on avoidance of abusive sexual relationships.
We recognise that many social structures in our society perpetuate male violence against women and children. Feminist understandings of sexual violence which acknowledge the importance of gender and power are key to effective prevention. We acknowledge that some men are victims of sexual violence and that some women also perpetrate sexual violence.
Culturally appropriate prevention means working in partnership with communities to acknowledge the differing ways each culture supports and resists sexual violence.
Our work will be underpinned by knowledge and experience, including research, best practice and the combined experience of our agencies.
We will take a holistic approach to SAPN’s work. This recognises the context and environment in which sexual violence occurs. We seek to prevent sexual violence, not to blame or polarise. We work with individuals and communities.
We choose to work collaboratively. We recognise the strengths and expertise that each agency brings. Where appropriate and practical, we will also work with other agencies and people working towards the prevention of sexual violence
Te Tiriti o Waitangi
We recognise Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the founding document of Aotearoa New Zealand and work in partnership with Māori groups and agencies. We commit to working in a culturally appropriate way with Māori clients and communities.