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ERIC Number: EJ1113040
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2333-4851
Stopping Sexual Assault on Private College Campuses: Impact Evaluation of a Prevention and Awareness Intervention Conducted with Community Partners at a Christian University
Johnson, Alycia; Butcher, Melissa; Thomas, Kate H.; Jemsek, Jacqueline; Shields, Margaret M.
Journal of Health Education Teaching, v7 n1 p23-31 2016
Purpose: Prevention advocates work hard to create and deliver sexual assault awareness programs on college campuses, including Christian universities. To do so requires savvy planning and a high degree of cultural competence, as a review of the literature indicates that some Christian campuses shy away from the topic and refuse to allow needed programs on sex or sexual assault to be introduced. The purpose of this study was to evaluate for impact one sexual assault awareness and prevention program offered to students on the religiously-affiliated campus of Charleston Southern University. Methods: A one-day seminar was offered in partnership with a community health organization on CSU's campus. Over 75 students attended to hear survivor narratives and an awareness message. Primary analysis of survey data collected involved qualitative and quantitative analysis of open and closed-ended questions. In total, the research team reviewed 34 pre-intervention surveys and 9 post- intervention surveys. Results: Descriptive data analysis revealed that participants found the sexual assault awareness and prevention program to be "most informative" and "informative." Qualitative analysis of open-ended questions found that content was accepted by audience because of the "openness" of the speaker. Emergent themes included: unwanted contact, not the victim's fault, and attire of victim caused sexual assault. Conclusion: Culturally-informed awareness and prevention programs that are realistic, open, peer-led, and create a comfortable, non-threatening atmosphere have a vital role to play in educating students on Christian campuses on the subject of sexual assault prevention.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Carolina
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