Fall 2017 Pilot Project

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This pilot project investigates a new model of delivering sexual assault prevention workshops to undergraduate students. Prior to Fall 2017, Bringing in the Bystander® was offered to over 1200 students a year, primarily in conjunction with their courses. Starting in Fall 2018, BITB® will be offered to all year 1 students. Those who complete the workshop will receive a $50 gift card for the University Bookstore plus a Certificate of Completion that can be added to their resumé.

To plan for Fall 2018, we need to know:

  • How many students are likely to participate.

  • Patterns of participation by gender, program, and faculty.

  • Why students decide to participate or not participate in the workshop.

Five hundred randomly selected, year 1 students have been invited to participate in the Fall 2017 pilot project. Those who complete the workshop will receive the $50 incentive, and those who participate in the research project will receive a small additional incentive.

The long-term goal of the Bystander Initiative is the creation of an anti-rape campus ethos supported by a critical mass of students who are willing and able to shut down rape jokes, challenge rape myths, and disrupt sexual assaults in-the-making. To produce this shift in campus culture, we must commit to sustainability. Sexual assault prevention cannot be a one-time, one-cohort intervention – every fall, we welcome to campus a new group of students for whom sexual and gender-based violence is normalized by the wider culture.

Offering BITB® to all year 1 students will expand the reach of the Bystander Initiative significantly, and offer sexual assault prevention education to students when they need it most.

Findings will be posted at the conclusion of the project.