|Program Title||U Got This! — Your Guide to Speak Up, Step In, and Create a Better Campus for All|
|Overview||U Got This! Is an online prevention program developed by Catharsis Productions, the company that created Sex Signals. It uses humor, animation, music and Interactive Conversation software to help participants examine unchecked attitudes and language that contribute to a cultural tolerance of sexual violence, domestic violence, and stalking. The program is narrated with a male voice and makes use of text, images and cartoons to portray key themes and statistics.|
|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.|
|U Got This! — Your Guide to Speak Up, Step In, and Create a Better Campus for All||Promising Direction||X||X||X||X||uses humor & animation|
During the program, participants will:
A male narrator guide the participant through all three modules of content. The curriculum encourages students to examine unchecked attitudes that contribute to a cultural tolerance of sexual violence,domestic violence, and stalking and provides tools and simulated scenarios for them to engage in bystander intervention. Examples and content address a diverse set of circumstances, populations, and identities. The content is presented in 2D animation and makes use of humor, interactive quizzes, and music.
Three 10 to 20-minute individual blocks of instruction; can be delivered independently of one another, or as a one-hour block.
Catharsis offers customizable elements within the training and helps administrators track completion.
|Theoretical basis for approach||
The content of U Got This! related to the nature of sexual violence and perpetrators is driven by the research of serial non-stranger rapists conducted by David Lisak and Paul Miller and McWhorter (2009) and research on the role of justification, victim blaming, and sexist attitudes on perpetration. Content related to role of coercion and consent is driven by the research of Conroy, et al., (2014), Young, et al., (2016); Degue and DeLillo (2004).
The program’s pedagogical approach is based on bystander intervention research and moral domain theory. The inclusion of strategic humor is based off a wide breadth of research demonstrating its efficacy in various prevention efforts.
Catharsis Productions worked with an evaluation specialist to assess the effectiveness of U Got This! using a pre/post test study design. The results demonstrated a positive shift in knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and behavioral intentions on all 18 measures assessed. Students made particularly strong improvements on: knowledge of how to intervene as a bystander, intention to intervene, awareness of how to support survivors, and understanding of how toxic messages contribute to rape culture. To learn more about this evaluation, get in touch with Catharsis Productions.
|Participating colleges and universities||
Mohawk Valley Community College, Radford University, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Maine-Maritime Academy
|Considerations for administrators||
U Got This! does not offer the breadth of length of content that many other online programs do. Still, this is a highly creative, engaging and smart program. Because students can mute or skip through content in online programs, the value of having an entertaining platform that connects to students cannot be understated. The program also integrates students of color and LGBT students into examples and narrative.
|How to access this program||
Information can be obtained by contacting Catharsis Productions at 312.243.0022 or email@example.com. Pricing for one-year or multi-year contracts vary, but are based on the size of the population an institution wishes to reach. Discounts are offered on this online training when packaged with one of Catharsis Productions' live programs.
DeGue, S., & DiLillo, D. (2005). “You would if you loved me”: Toward an improved conceptual and etiological understanding of nonphysical male sexual coercion. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 10(4), 513-532. doi: 10.1016/j.avb.2004.09.001
Lisak, D., & Miller, P. M. (2002). Repeat rape and multiple offending among undetected rapists. Violence and victims, 17(1), 73-84. doi: 10.1891/vivi.18.104.22.168638
McWhorter, S. K., Stander, V. A., Merrill, L. L., Thomsen, C. J., & Milner, J. S. (2009). Reports of rape reperpetration by newly enlisted male Navy personnel. Violence and victims, 24(2), 204-218. doi: 10.1891/0886-6708.24.2.204
Young, B. R., Desmarais, S. L., Baldwin, J. A., & Chandler, R. (2016). Sexual Coercion Practices Among Undergraduate Male Recreational Athletes, Intercollegiate Athletes, and Non-Athletes. Violence against women. [Epub before print] doi: 10.1177/1077801216651339