230309 A personalised programming approach towards sexual violence risk reduction

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 11:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Zimple Kurlawala, Graduate Student MPH , Public Health, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
The purpose of this study was to examine self-declared victims of sexual abuse and compare victims and non-victims on traits that may identify targets for intervention. 1,548 students were self-selected for the study by completing an interpersonal and sexual assault survey. 6.7% of female students and 1.3% of male students reported having been a victim of sexual violence after starting college. Being white (p<.05), single (p>.05) and living away from campus (p>.05) were risk factors. Females who practiced regular religious services (>1-2 times/month) identified their risk (p=.02) at 5% compared to those females who do not practice religious services at almost double the risk (9.4%). Of those students who were not victimized, 10.7% of males and 17.6% of females reported being stalked or receiving unwanted attention. Only 6% of all respondents thought that sexual abuse was a concern for college students. The literature shows that victimization acknowledgement is frequently underreported. Victims and non-victims recommend the following approaches - advertise campus resources for sexual assault, guest speakers to talk on the topic, skill building sessions for both men and women together and the university should develop a strategic plan to address sexual assault among students. This session will provide an overview of how this information can be used targeting demographic traits of students to develop more effective and personalized programming related to sexual violence risk reduction among students.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify demographic traits which are either risk factors or protective factors for sexual violence among university students. 2. Discuss victims' preferred methods of programming for sexual violence risk reduction.

Keywords: Sexual Assault, College Students

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a graduate student/part time faculty at a state university working in relevant research in the field of public health education.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.