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ERIC Number: EJ1255153
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Jun
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1090-1981
Developing an Effective Campus Sexual Assault Prevention Task Force: Lessons Learned from Multiple Midwestern Universities
Mabachi, Natabhona M.; Quiason, Marcy; Doan, Alesha E.; Carlson, Juliana
Health Education & Behavior, v47 n1 suppl p17-25 Jun 2020
Background/Aim: Developing a comprehensive prevention strategy requires a coordinated effort among campus stakeholders. Creating a campus sexual assault prevention task force consisting of key stakeholders is a way to ensure coordinated and sustainable prevention efforts. Understanding how to convene and maintain an effective campus prevention task force is important. However, there is little literature offering such guidance. In this article, we present the facilitators, barriers, and lessons learned from creating a campus sexual assault prevention task force in seven Midwestern postsecondary institutions. Method: Our data come from interviews with 25 key stakeholders, representing seven Midwestern postsecondary institutions. Questions focused on the perceived strengths and capacity to form a campus prevention task force, barriers, current campus knowledge, and attitudes toward sexual assault, current institutional support for prevention efforts, and current prevention programming. Results: Main barriers to developing a task force included (a) limited capacity, (b) lack of knowledge, (c) limited student engagement, and (d) bureaucratic structure. Facilitators included (a) strong interpersonal relationships, (b) a positive campus culture, and (c) preexisting programming.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office on Women's Health (OWH) (DHHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: ASTWH1600420100