Educating bystanders helps prevent sexual violence and reduce backlash


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.

Publication Date

Spring 2011

Journal Title

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly


Civics Research Institute

Document Type