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Evaluability Assessment of the Rape Prevention and Education Program: Summary of Findings and Recommendations

This paper describes an evaluability assessment of CDC's Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) Program conducted to establish a baseline description and understanding of the current activities and goals of the program, revisit and update program performance measures, and identify opportunities for CDC to provide training and technical assistance to states.

The Association between Self-Reported Lifetime History of Forced Sexual Intercourse and Recent Health-Risk Behaviors: Findings from the 2003 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Purpose To expand the understanding of the association between recent health-risk behaviors and a history of forced sexual intercourse, using a nationally representative sample of female and male high school students.Methods Data were from the 2003 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, a nationally representative biennial survey of U.S. high school students. Lifetime history of forced sex, recent physical dating violence, and health-risk behaviors (substance use, diet-related behaviors, violence-related behaviors, and health promoting behaviors) were assessed.

Prevalence of sexual assault among women patients seen in family practice clinics

OBJECTIVE: This study assesses the prevalence and characteristics of sexual assault among women patients attending two family medicine residency training clinics. METHODS: Two hundred four consecutive women patients 18 years and older were asked to complete a questionnaire; one hundred eighty-eight (92.2%) agreed. RESULTS: Fifty-four (28.7%) of the 188 women patients reported some type of sexual assault. Approximately 15% of patients reported being victims of rape; 8% reported attempted rape, and 5.3% reported forced sexual contact.

Forced sexual intercourse and associated health-risk behaviors among female college students in the United States

This study analyzed data from the 1995 National College Health Risk Behavior Survey (NCHRBS) to assess the prevalence of lifetime rape among female college students and to examine the association between rape and health-risk behaviors. The NCHRBS used a mail questionnaire to assess health-risk behaviors among a nationally representative sample of undergraduate students. Twenty percent of female students reported ever having been forced to have sexual intercourse, most often during adolescence.

An evaluation of a mixed-gender sexual assault prevention program

This study evaluated the short-term effectiveness of a mixed-gender sexual assault prevention program developed for college students. Program participants (n = 177) were compared to non-program participants (n = 132) prior to the program and during a 2-week follow-up period on measures of rape myths, victim empathy, perceived negative consequences and estimated likelihood of committing rape, sexual communication, sexual assault awareness, and risky dating behavior.

Stalking: Part I: An overview of the problem

This paper is the first of a 2-part review on the topic of stalking. It outlines the behaviors involved, epidemiology, motivation of offenders, and mental health consequences for the victim. Computerized literature searches were used to identify relevant papers from psychiatric and legal journals. Publications by victims' and women's organizations provided additional information. Results suggest that up to 1 in 20 women will be stalked during her lifetime. The majority of victims are female, while the offenders are usually male.

Stalking: Part II: Victims' problems with the legal system and therapeutic considerations

Objective: This paper is the second of 2 parts reviewing the topic of stalking. It focuses on victims' difficulties with the legal system and the psychotherapeutic tasks for victims and therapists. Method: Computerized literature searches were used to identify relevant papers from psychiatric and legal journals. Publications by victims' and women's organizations provided additional information.

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