EverFi, Inc., the leading critical skills education company today announced national student survey results indicating that 13% of incoming female college students reported that they were sexually assaulted before they arrived at college, with another 3% reporting an assault within just their first four to six weeks on campus. EverFi’s attitudinal and behavioral assessments reinforced that these first few weeks are a high-risk period, and students with prior experience of sexual assault are at even greater risk for revictimization.
Empowering the critical mass of students with healthy attitudes and behaviors to effectively take action to prevent sexual assault is a widely utilized prevention approach. However, inaccurate perceptions of campus norms can present substantial barriers to bystander action. EverFi research shows that students feel they are drastically more likely to intervene than their peers. Comparing responses of students before and after taking Haven, students’ misperceptions of norms are reduced by 20-30%. This promising finding indicates that students are becoming more aware that positive bystander behavior is normative, acceptable, and encouraged on their campuses, thus reducing social barriers they may face in situations where they can step in and make a difference.
There are now 550 higher education institutions implementing EverFi’s Haven course as a fundamental component of campus efforts to exceed federal Title IX and Clery Act requirements outlined by the Department of Education. Among the institutions partnering with EverFi include Carnegie Mellon University, University of Michigan, Villanova University, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
EverFi has launched a series of regional symposia for campus administrators, prevention practitioners, and community members to better understand the best practices in the prevention of campus sexual assault and alcohol prevention. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear keynoted the first event in Lexington, KY and South Carolina State Attorney General Alan Wilson opened the second event at the University of South Carolina. EverFi will host another four events in March in Cambridge, MA, Philadelphia, PA, Southern California, and Milwaukee, WI. Registration information is available here.
EVERFI, Inc. is the leading education technology innovator that empowers K-12, higher education, and adult learners with the skills needed to be successful in life. Its comprehensive critical skills platform is focused on Financial Education, Digital Citizenship, STEM Career Readiness, Diversity and Inclusion, Entrepreneurship, Character Education, and Health and Wellness. The EVERFI Education Network powers more than 3,300 partner organizations across all 50 states and Canada and annually reaches 6 million learners.