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An Evidence-Based Review of Sexual Assault Preventive Intervention Programs

Shannon Morrison, PhD, Anita Mathew, MPH, CHES, Jennifer Hardison, MSW, and Joyce O'Neil, MA. Crime, Justice Policy, and Behavior Program, RTI International, P.O. Box 12194, 3040 Cornwallis Rd., Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2194, 919-485-7711, anitamathew@hotmail.com

Preventive interventions targeting both adults and children are an essential part of deterring rape and sexual assault in our society. Despite the many sexual assault prevention programs administered by service providers and a growing number of published studies evaluating various prevention efforts, collectively little is known about the effectiveness of sexual assault preventive interventions. To develop more systematic and well-informed studies and successful interventions, it is crucial that we know which sexual assault preventive interventions have been evaluated and the results of these evaluations. This presentation will report on an evidence-based review of evaluated rape and sexual assault preventive interventions that is being sponsored by the National Institute of Justice. Using the methodology developed by the Task Force on Community Preventive Services as well as those used by the Campbell Collaboration Criminal Justice group, this review is being conducted to assess what is known about rape and sexual assault preventive interventions, identify limitations and gaps in current knowledge, and make recommendations for future research and on promising sexual assault prevention programs for both researchers and practitioners. This presentation will describe the design and methodology of the project, discuss the types of programs being included within the review and the information being abstracted from the published evaluations, and present a summary of the findings.

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Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

Violence Against Women

The 132nd Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2004) of APHA