No Means No Worldwide (NMNW) is a global rape prevention organization whose mission is to end sexual violence against women and children. They created IMpower, a violence prevention system for boys and girls.
According to the UN Population Fund, almost 50% of all sexual assault victims are girls age 15 or younger. Research shows wherever IMpower is taught, the incidence of rape drops by 50%.
Girls learn to identify risk, say ”no” and talk their way out of trouble. If that “no” is not respected, they also learn physical skills to back it up.
IMpower helps boys challenge rape myths, ask for consent and intervene if they anticipate or witness predatory behavior.
74% of boys who witnessed physical or sexually assaultive behavior in the year following the program successfully intervened to stop the assault.
In the slums of Nairobi, where their program started, 1 in 4 girls are raped every year. To a global community in need of a truly effective solution to gender based violence, NMNW is uniquely qualified to lead the effort.
To bring an end to the global rape epidemic, NMNW believes that education and training are central to prevention and that the decades-long focus on costly, reactive aftercare must end.
No Means No Worldwide founder Lee Paiva.
Globally, an estimated 35% of women experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime. In Africa, that percentage increases to 45%.
50% of female participants used program skills to stop a rapist in the year following the training, and 20% used the skills more than once.
NMNW’s technical work includes working with partner organizations around the world to train and certify local male and female instructors to deliver the IMpower curricula and supporting them to monitor and evaluate their work with youth.
46% decrease in school dropouts due to teen pregnancy among schools where NMNW teach.