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Intervention to Prevent Sexual Assault and mitigate its consequences (2010/11)

Published on: Thu, 05/06/2010
Last Modified: Fri, 06/17/2011 - 2:21pm

$37,300 base

Both sexual assault and sexual coercion are common occurrences on university and college campuses across North America. This proposal will allow the University to adopt the Bringing in the Bystander program developed by researcher-activists at the University of New Hampshire. The strengths of this theoretically grounded and research-based sexual assault prevention program include the use of male and female students as peer-trainers, single-sex training sessions, and the positioning of participants as potential witnesses to sexual assault, rather than as potential perpetrators or victims. 

Update: November 30, 2010

To date, the knowledge transfer & delivery of bystander program through the initial training of researcher and instructor is ongoing, approval obtained for creation of one course (02-02-350), student recruitment complete, and research program to evaluate effectiveness of bystander program is ongoing. Training University of Windsor staff is to continue; trainers of University of New Hampshire to provide program to students in first course, residence assistance and the second program instructor. It is also anticipated that the second course will be designed and approved by Senate during the Winter term and will be cross-listed as a psychology course; RAs are to be hired in spring of 2011. A spending of $10,000 is expected to the end of the fiscal year. No changes have been made to the initial objectives of the project, but it is noted that recruitment and training of facilitators may be more expensive and time consuming than originally expected. Consultations with Anne Carrick and Kaye Johnson (Human Rights) are ongoing to ensure that gender and age requirements are appropriate and defensible.

Update: April 30, 2011

To further this project’s stated objectives, training of University of Windsor staff has continued. The University of New Hampshire’s trainers have come to campus to provide the program to students in the first course, to Residence Assistants for the 2011/2012 year, and to the second course instructor. The second course (02-02-450) was designed and approved by Senate and is cross-listed as a psychology course. The instructor for this course has also been hired and hiring of the Research Assistants is in progress. Interest in 02-02-350 was significant. An application process for students interested in taking 02-02-450 has been created and criteria for selection include: the applicant’s performance in 02-02-350, their responses in the statement of interest form, gender balance, and diversity by race/ethnicity, sexuality-gender identity, and faculty/ program. Preparation is ongoing to run the second year of the campus-wide survey of students’ attitudes and coercive sexual experiences (“Campus Wide Relationship Study”) in early fall 2012. There has been a request to present on this initiative at a Plenary Session for the Provincial Government’s (Ontario Women’s Directorate) Public Education Forum (June 23, 2011) to kick start their Sexual Violence Action Plan. The project is on schedule.

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