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Promising Practices in School-based Prevention

The Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault worked collaboratively with Dr. Paul Schewe, the Director of UIC's Interdisciplinary Center for Research on Violence to identify promising practices for rape crisis center initiated school based educational programs. The research focused on identifying characteristics associated with successful (showing change in knowledge, behavior and attitudes) as well as those not associated with success.

Here are some of the highlights from Interpersonal Violence Prevention Information Center.

Characteristics of prevention programs associated with success:

  • More sessions are better than fewer
  • Shorter sessions are better than longer sessions
  • A male/female team of prevention educators produces the overall best results for both male and female students
  • Younger students change more than older students

Content of prevention programs associated with success:

  • Discussing how to help a friend who has been assaulted
  • Describing what you should do if you are victimized
  • Addressing healthy relationship skills
  • Presenting factual information
  • Discussing gender roles
  • Describing the school's sexual harassment policy (especially for "high risk" students)
  • Discussing date rape drugs

Presentation formats of programs associated with success:

  • Games
  • Quizzes
  • Handouts
  • Survivor presentations


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Reviewed: July 11th, 2016