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Violence Against Women: Prevention

Resources to educate and inform the AACC community about issues related to violence against women.

From Catharsis Productions

"Sex Signals has become one of the most popular programs on sexual assault awareness among college and military audiences, personnal, and educators. It differs from traditional sexual assault prevention programs in that it incorporates improvisation, humor, education and audience interaction to provide a provocative look at dating, sex, and the core issue of consent." from the Catharsis Productions website.

Consent Education

  Wertheimer, Alan. Consent to Sexual Relationships.  2003.

Wertheimer develops a theory of consent to sexual relations that applies to both law and morality in the light of the psychology of the victims. He considers a wide variety  of difficult cases such as coercion, fraud, retardation and intoxication. E-book from AACC Truxal Library - barcode from Student ID Card or Library Card required for off-campus use.


An annotated bibliography of recent scholarship on Consent Education is posted by Culture of Respect, a non-profit which offers colleges and universities "a framework to assess and improve efforts to eliminate rape and sexual assault".

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From the CDC

Sexual Violence Prevention Strategies:

"The most common prevention strategies currently focus on the victim, the perpetrator, or bystanders. Strategies that try to equip the victim with knowledge, awareness, or self-defense skills are referred to as "risk reduction techniques." Strategies focused on the perpetrator attempt to change risk and protective factors for sexual violence to reduce the likelihood that an individual will engage in sexually violent behavior. The goal of bystander prevention strategies is to change social norms supporting sexual violence and empower men and women to intervene with peers to prevent an assault from occurring. Other prevention strategies address social norms, policies, or laws in communities to reduce the perpetration of sexual violence across the population."

The CDC offers data on sexual violence, as well as information on the physical, psychological, social and health consequences, along with an extensive list of resources.

Sexual Violence Prevention Literature Reviews

DeGue, Sarah, et al. "A Systematic Review of Primary Prevention Strategies for Sexual Violence Perpetration." Aggression and Violent Behavior 19.4 (2014): 346-362. Web. 2 Mar. 2015.

"the first goal of this review is to describe the broad field of sexual violence prevention research and identify patterns of results associated with evaluation metholdology or programmatic elements ... The second goal of this review is to identify and summarize the best available evidence on specific sexual violence primary prevention strategies." from the Introduction

Morrison, Shannon, et al. "An Evidence-Based Review of Sexual Assault Preventive Intervention Programs." RTI International, 2004. Web. 2 Mar. 2015.

"This systematic, comprehensive literature review of English-language articles evaluating SAPIs (Sexual Assault Preventive Interventions) generated study-specific descriptions as well as summary information.... A total of 59 studies were reviewed." from the Abstract

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