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The Women’s Program

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.

Authors
John D. Foubert
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Program Name Level of Evidence Format Target Audience Special Features
The Women’s Program
Supported By Evidence
  • In-person Workshop
  • Undergraduate students
This program is designed for female-identified students.
Learning Objectives

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • enable women to recognize characteristics of high-risk perpetrators
  • empower women to intervene in potentially high-risk situations
  • enable women to help rape survivors by giving them pertinent information about rape, a victim's recovery from rape, and resources where more information can be found
Methods

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.

Dosage

One session

Logistics

Peer facilitators need to be trained to implement the program. Guides for facilitators can be purchased.

Population Served

Undergraduate women

Theoretical Basis For Approach

The Women’s Program relies on previous research that demonstrates the efficacy of Bystander Intervention.

Program Effectiveness

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
  • Taylor University, Cornerstone University
  • Henderson State University
  • Oklahoma Baptist University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • University of Virginia’s College at Wise
  • Franklin Pierce University
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.

Sources

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