Championing Sexual Assault Prevention:
Harnessing What We Know About Student-Athletes to Create Effective Prevention Programs
Sports bring communities together: they link generations of alumni, current and future students; foster critical social justice dialogue, and can even spark global collaboration.
But in addition to recognizing the value that participating in sport in college–either recreationally or as a part of an intercollegiate team– bring to the majority of student-athletes, it is important that we also confront the reality that many student-athletes come to campus having already experienced or committed sexual or gender-based violence.
Therefore, a college’s sexual and gender-based violence prevention work must include student-athletes. It must consider the range of previous experiences that students bring with them to their collegiate athletic career. In addition, the most effective prevention education programs are designed to empower students and athletic staff with the information, skills, and confidence to cultivate positive relationships and to proactively intervene when they see harmful situations.
Download this white paper for insights on:
- Student-athlete experiences and beliefs related to sexual assault and violence
- Strategies to engage student athletics in building safe, welcoming communities
- Developing an effective, holistic approach to prevention education for student-athletes