Beyond "no means no": Outcomes of an intensive program to train peer facilitators for campus acquaintance rape education

Kimberly A. Lonsway, Elena L. Klaw, Dianne R. Berg, Craig R. Waldo, Chevon Kothari, Christopher J. Mazurek, Kurt E. Hegeman

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Abstract

As part of a larger multimethod evaluation, this study examined the effects of a uniquely intensive rape education program. Participants included 74 undergraduates (53 women and 21 men) enrolled in Campus Acquaintance Rape Education (CARE), a semester-long university course designed to train peer facilitators to conduct rape education workshops. Ninety-six students (58 women and 38 men) enrolled in a general human sexuality course constituted a specialized comparison group. First, quantitative analysis of pre- and postcourse responses suggested that comprehensive attitude change occurred for students in CARE but not for those in the human sexuality course. Next, qualitative analyses explored the differences between pre- and postcourse responses to videotaped scenarios involving (hetero)sexual conflict. Responses suggested that, as a result of participating in CARE, both women and men became more willing and able to directly express themselves and assert their needs in ways that facilitated increased sexual communication. Finally, follow-up investigation conducted 2 years after course participation revealed that CARE students were less accepting of cultural rape myths than those in human sexuality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-92
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1998
Externally publishedYes

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