|Program Title||Standing Together Against Sexual Violence and Misconduct|
|Overview||This workshop by Informed-U aims to engage and empower students around creating a safer campus community as it relates to sexual violence and misconduct.|
|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.|
|Standing Together Against Sexual Violence and Misconduct||Promising Direction||X||X||X||based in discussion and group work|
|Author||Informed-U and Bowling Green State University|
The program challenges participants to:
During sessions, participants:
1 session, 1.5 - 2 hours long
This is a workshop designed for groups of 6 to 10 students. Student facilitators lead the learning sessions. No prior content expertise is required of student facilitators before being trained by Informed-U. Informed-U trains facilitators, equips them with our learning tools, and provides continuing support and resources. This train-the-trainer model makes the program accessible to the entire student body.
The learning tools for the session include the following:
A complementary online platform and suite of apps are in development for 2017-’18.
General college population, customizable for specific groups
|Theoretical basis for approach||
The curriculum is based on theories and evidence that support the efficacy of: bystander intervention, social norms, and the use of action plans. Support for learning methodology of the program comes from the self-efficacy theory, the theory of social learning, and the theory of active involvement. Additionally, the workshop is modeled after a successful diabetes education program that demonstrated significant improvements in participants’ blood glucose levels.
Informed-U collaborated with Bowling Green State University to conduct a small pilot study (N =24) that used a pre/post evaluation design. This study found statistically significant increases in participants’ self-reported confidence in the preparation to: protect themselves against sexual violence; protect their friend against sexual violence; protect their community against sexual violence; and respond to an incident of sexual violence. Data from a larger pilot study will be available in Spring 2017.
|Participating colleges and universities||
Bowling Green State University, more planned for Spring 2017
|Considerations for administrators||
Though the preliminary data is from a small sample of students, the Informed-U intervention design shows promise because it maximizes student engagement through the use of small-group workshops that use components that have been proven to be successful at changing behavior.
|How to access this program||
Campuses can contact Informed-U at firstname.lastname@example.org. Customization is available in terms of content, add-ons, and training/implementation. Cost varies according to these factors as well as size of student body. Full scale implementation ranges between $10,000 and $35,000. Targeted implementations for smaller student segments are available for less.