|Program Title||The Women’s Program|
|Overview||The Women’s Program is in-person workshop for college women aimed at increasing bystander intervention. It is a counterpart to the Men’s Program and is a product of One In Four.|
|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.|
|The Women’s Program||Supported by Evidence||X||X||risk reduction|
|Author||John D. Foubert|
By the end of the session, participants will be able to:
Participants first review definitions of rape, mental incapacity and physical helplessness. A film is screened that includes an interview with a man who committed rape. A discussion of the film takes place, focussing on identifying characteristics of high-risk men, strategies for avoiding dangerous situations and options for bystander intervention. The workshop closes by asking participants to commit to ways they can intervene.
Peer facilitators need to be trained to implement the program. Guides for facilitators can be purchased.
|Theoretical basis for approach||
The Women’s Program relies on previous research that demonstrates the efficacy of Bystander Intervention.
One evaluation study of the Women’s Program was published in a peer-reviewed journal, demonstrating significant improvement on some, but not all, outcome measures. The program significantly increased both women’s confidence in their ability to intervene as a bystander and their perceived willingness to help a potential abuse victim but there were no significant differences on participant’s subscription to rape myths.
|Participating colleges and universities||
|How to access this program||
The book, The Men's and Women's Programs: Ending Rape through Peer Education, is a step-by-step guide on how to implement the program in different settings and how to administer the program to different populations.
Foubert, J.D., Langhirichsen-Rohling, J., Brasfield, H., & Hill, B (2010). Effects of a Rape Awareness Program on College Women: Increasing Bystander Efficacy and Willingness to Intervene. Journal of Community Psychology, 38 (7), 813-827. doi: 10.1002/jcop.20397