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.
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The Women’s Program
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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.
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.
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