The Sexual Assault Teach In Program: Building constructive campus-wide discussions to inspire change.

This article presents a summary of an educational forum or Teach in which focused on discussing the complex social problems relating to sexual violence.

 

Summary: The goals of the educational forum, referred to as the Sexual Assault Teach in Program, were to discuss complex social issues provide a variety of activities. The activities included informational presentations, a dynamic guest speaker, and semi-structured group discussions led by trained facilitators. The program aligned with bystander intervention programs. They sought to increase student awareness and action by promoting community responsibility. The educational program was voluntarily and made available to the entire campus of a small liberal arts college. All faculty and staff were also welcomed and encouraged to attend. An anonymous, campus wide survey was administered to 1,701 students, revealing similar rates of sexual assault and underreporting to those of the American College Health Association. Barriers to reporting included victim minimization, self-blame, stigma, and concerns about officials’ responses. Overall, qualitative feedback was positive and the outcome data suggested that many people immediately began planning for constructive action and prevention.

 

Application/Evaluation: Findings suggest individuals on college campuses, including faculty and students, are open to discussing and learning about sexual violence prevention.

 

Limitations:  Since individuals who participated in the study were volunteers, their openness to discussing sexual violence prevention may be greater than that of the general population.  

Author: 
Katz, J., & DuBois, M.
Reprint Status: 
notinfile
Start Page: 
557
End Page: 
654
Journal/Periodical Name: 
Journal of College Student Development,
Volume: 
54
Issue: 
6
Publication Date: 
2013