The purpose of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of a sexual assault prevention program, Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act (EAAA) program, by replicating a Canadian randomized controlled-trial (RCT) at five U.S. universities. EAAA consists of four 3-hour units that involve education in the form of games, mini-lectures, and facilitated discussion, and application and practice activities. The standard of care (SOC) control group study participants will have a variety brochures made available to them about campus sexual assault prevention and resources and will participate in a 15-minute group participant-led question-and-answer session with a trained research team staff member. Study participants will be first-year college women. All participants will complete a survey before the intervention begins, then a week later, and then every 6 months over the next two years (6, 12, 18, and 24-month follow-up). We will use this data to evaluate whether EAAA is more effective than the SOC intervention at reducing sexual assault victimization.
This project is receiving funding from the Arnold Ventures Foundation and the Chris and Carrie Shumway Foundation via the Consortium on Gender-Based Violence.