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Assessing a comprehensive approach to prevent sexual violence on campus: Implications for program improvement

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dc.contributor.author Ejikeme, Chinwe
dc.contributor.author Powell-Threets, Kia
dc.contributor.author Bayo, Mosi
dc.contributor.author Toddle, Kia
dc.contributor.author O'Connor, Jean
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-11T23:52:16Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-11T23:52:16Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Ejikeme, Chinwe; Powell-Threets, Kia; Bayo, Mosi; Toddle, Kia; O’Conner, Jean. (2017). Assessing a comprehensive approach to prevent sexual violence on campus: Implications for program improvement. Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association: 6(4), 9 pgs. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://augusta.openrepository.com/augusta/bitstream/10675.2/621793/1/Ejikeme_2017_6_4.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11990/1005
dc.description.abstract Background: On college campuses, sexual violence (or sexual assault) is at epidemic proportions. As many as one in four college women experience sexual assaults, most of which are not reported, likely due to the adverse reactions stemming from social norms and attitudes about rape. To prevent sexual violence on college campuses, the multi-level factors influencing it necessitate implementation of a holistic approach channeled at all levels. The present multi-method study assessed the feasibility and effectiveness of a peer educator (PE)-facilitated program implemented as part of a comprehensive sexual assault prevention program in three small Georgia colleges. Methods: Student participants (N=128) were questioned on their attitude toward rape myths, intention to rape, and likelihood to intervene in a potential rape situation. Paired t-tests for pre-/post-test scores assessed statistical differences in mean levels of outcomes at the data collection points. In addition, a qualitative assessment explored the feasibility of implementing, on campus, a long-duration program for prevention of sexual violence. Results: The findings indicated that, after exposure to the program, participants demonstrated decreased rape myth beliefs and intention to commit rape and an increased likelihood to intervene in a potential rape situation. In addition, apart from attaining regular student attendance in the 10-week sessions of the program, implementation of the “One on Four & Beyond” program proved to be feasible. Conclusions: This preliminary, multi-approach study suggests the effectiveness of a school PE-facilitated prevention program as a component of a comprehensive approach in reducing sexual violence on campus. Future studies are necessary to enhance understanding of the impact of the program. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association en_US
dc.subject Multi-Method Study en_US
dc.subject Sexual Assault en_US
dc.subject Rape en_US
dc.subject Community Perceptions en_US
dc.subject Community Attitudes en_US
dc.subject Sexual Coercion en_US
dc.subject Peer Support en_US
dc.subject Prevention en_US
dc.subject Intervention en_US
dc.subject Bystander Intervention en_US
dc.subject College en_US
dc.subject University en_US
dc.subject School Safety en_US
dc.subject Students en_US
dc.subject Campus Safety en_US
dc.subject Program Evaluation en_US
dc.title Assessing a comprehensive approach to prevent sexual violence on campus: Implications for program improvement en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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