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Evaluating Sexual Assault Prevention Strategies  

Author:  Roslyn K. Myers, J.D., M.A..

Source: Volume 18, Number 04, June/July 2017 , pp.49-52(4)

Sex Offender Law Report

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There are two basic approaches for dealing with sex crime: one is to prosecute, punish, and rehabilitate or incapacitate sex offenders; the other is to attempt to prevent sex crimes from occurring at all, through educational and prevention programs that alert the public to risk factors that can make rape and sexual assault more likely. This article seeks to answer a very basic question about the second approach: do prevention programs work? Specifically, it examines a recent report by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) that explores models for evaluating prevention programs and encourages the development of evaluation criteria in order to evaluate “what works.” A sidebar, “Summary of NSVRC Sexual Assault Awareness Study,” briefly highlights the main findings.

Keywords: “Safe Dates,” “Shifting Boundaries,” “Real Consent,” “Green Dot,” “Second Step,” “Coaching Boys to Men,” “Bringing in the Bystander” programs; NSVRC Sexual Assault Awareness Study

Affiliations:  1: John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Fordham Law.

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