|Program Title||Every Choice|
|Overview||Every Choice is an online, video-based program, aimed at reducing campus sexual assault, dating violence and stalking by equipping students with realistic, actionable bystander intervention tools. It is based off of the Green Dot prevention strategy.|
|program name||level of evidence"Supported by evidence, promising direction or emerging"||bystander"Bystander programs engage men and women not (primarily) as potential perpetrators or victims, but rather as potential bystanders to situations involving sexual or intimate partner violence. Bystander prevention programs presume that all members of the community have a role in shifting norms to prevent violence.... The bystander model includes tools and ideas for action and strongly encourages each person to make a difference." (Gibbons & Evans, 2013, page 5)||empathy"Empathy-based programs give participants the skills to understand sexual violence, provide compassionate responses to disclosures, and reduce the likelihood of sexual assault perpetration by males." (Gibbons & Evans, 2013, page 4)||dispelling
rape myths"These programs address common misconceptions and myths about circumstances, causes, and realities of sexual violence. Topics often include rates of assault and reporting, definitions of consent, and clarifying common circumstances of assault." (Gibbons & Evans, 2013)
|alcoholThese programs discuss the role alcohol plays in sexual violence and how drinking impacts the communication of consent.||otherAdditional topics of focus are listed here.|
|Every Choice||Emerging||X||X||X||X||survivor stories|
This program aims to:
The program is hosted by two young narrators -- one male and one female -- who guide the participants through the content. The introduction provides key definitions and displays survivors telling their stories alongside their family members. The main focus of the curriculum is on bystander intervention. There are are three scenarios presented that cover instances of sexual assault, dating violence and stalking; it integrates scenarios that highlight issues affecting LGBT students. The program explores appropriate and safe ways to intervene in each scenario using three strategies: direct, delegate or distract. At the end, there is a short module on how to support survivors of sexual violence.
The program is customizable and includes up to 21 separate video modules. The self-guided program can run anywhere between 45 and 90 minutes, depending on the customization.
The program comes with an online administrative portal that allows tracking student progress and completion.
|Theoretical basis for approach||
Every Choice is informed by research across multiple disciplines and topics including: multimedia learning, perpetration, bystander literature, social psychology, developmental psychology, persuasion, marketing, social norming, peer influence, communication, the transtheoretical model, and framing. Every Choice is informed by past and ongoing evaluations of the Green Dot, etc. violence prevention strategy.
No peer-reviewed or internal evaluation data is available at this time.
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|Considerations for administrators||
Every Choice is a strong program not only because of its strong theoretical basis and integration of issues that impact LGBT students, but because it has a comprehensive focus on bystander intervention. Like its counterpart (Student Success’s Not Anymore), it’s testimonials from survivors are extremely powerful.
|How to access this program||
The cost varies based on the number of students and the length of the contract. For more information: contact Barbara Wells, Campus Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.