A Critical Review of Sexual Violence Prevention on College Campuses

Background: In 2013 the United States Congress established an act requiring all federally funded universities to provide primary prevention for sexual-violence and awareness training to all incoming students and employees. In order to comply with federal mandates and to protect students from sexual violence, only those prevention programs that empirically demonstrate decreased rates of sexual violence should be employed.

Methods: To assist administrators in adopting the most efficacious prevention programs, an extensive review of sexual-violence interventions examining perpetration and victimization as outcomes with U.S college students was conducted.

Conclusions: Based on the findings, recommendations are provided for administrators and researchers. Specifically, we recommend using separate gender programs, as those targeting alcohol use and self-defense have shown the most promise for women and those addressing consent have shown the most promise with men.


Rory Newlands

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