No Zebras, No Excuses is a performance-based intervention conducted by trained peer educators. The program consists of seven vignettes designed to replicate situations of sexual assault, drug facilitated sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and harassment.
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No Zebras, No Excuses: Addressing Sexual Aggression and Bystander Behavior
After seeing this presentation, participants will be able to:
The No Zebras program uses short vignettes that give examples of sexual assault, stalking, partner violence and harassment in real life environments. Between each vignette peer educators speak with the audience about myths, laws, and policies, while discussing the actions that could be used to intervene as a bystander.
The program has been adapted so that it can be presented in a virtual format. Pronouns and language are evaluated and updated continuously as are examples and stories reinforcing the messages.
One performance. Program length can be adjusted to run anywhere between 50 and 90 minutes.
Each educator is trained sexual aggression education and advocacy.
Undergraduates, military personnel
The No Zebras program is based upon Stephen M. Thompson's research published in 1995 which identified the seven step process of familiar assault and identified familiar rapists as the "nice guy". The performance also builds off research demonstrating the effectiveness of bystander intervention programming.
Several unpublished studies have demonstrated significant decreases in rape myth acceptance using a pre/post test (non-experimental) evaluation design, including one study that conducted longitudinal follow-ups one month after the intervention.
Since 2005 No Zebras, No Excuses has been presented at many colleges and universities. In 2012 the program was sponsored by the Department of the Navy and was presented at multiple navy stations and Marine bases throughout the United States and world. Recent presentations at colleges include:
As with all theatrical performances, it is important to keep in mind that a one-time intervention both has a limited effect on individual students, and can reach a limited number of students. This intervention may be excellent to supplement with other on-going programming on campus, including pairing the performance with discussion groups.
Basic program cost is $3,000 per work day, plus expenses. Information and booking information can be found at www.nozebrasandmore.com.
Thompson, S.M. (1995). Date/Acquaintance Rape: The Crime and Criminal. Campus Law Enforcement Journal, 25(3) 21-22, 36. NCJ 155524.