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Educating Bystanders Helps Prevent Sexual Violence and Reduce Backlash  

Author:  Mary M.  Moynihan, Ph.D..; Victoria L.  Banyard, Ph.D..

Source: Volume 03, Number 04, Spring 2011 , pp.293-303(11)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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On many college campuses, sexual assault continuesto occur, and students are at risk. Unfortunately, only half of colleges offer training in sexual assault prevention. One promising approach is to teach bystanders to intervene in situations where sexual violence may occur. This approach has the advantage of providing all community members with specifi c roles they can take to prevent sexual violence. This article provides an overview of the types and components of bystander programs, and describes a recent study of the effects of this program on one college campus.


Affiliations:  1: University of New Hampshire; 2: University of New Hampshire.

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