Clarifying consent: Primary prevention of sexual assault on a college campus

Angela M. Borges, Victoria L. Banyard, Mary M. Moynihan

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Although more universities are developing policies for students regarding consent for sexual behavior in response to the problem of sexual violence on campus, many students seem either unaware of these policies or what they mean for actual behavior. Policies are only as effective as peoples' understanding and use of them. The current study aimed to evaluate the utility of a prevention education program focused on teaching students about consent. Two hundred and twenty undergraduates, composing a control group, a shorter treatment group, and a longer one, participated in the study. The findings showed the greatest knowledge gain for participants in the longer treatment group that included a discussion of the policy and participation in an activity dealing with its implications. Implications and future research directions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-88
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jul 9 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


  • Acquaintance rape
  • College students
  • Prevention


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