Peer-Led Sexual Violence Prevention Program Operations

At Large Research Universities

Topics: Student Affairs, Student Health and Wellness, Sexual Health and Conduct

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University administrators face increased pressure to educate students in sexual violence prevention. This brief describes how several large research universities employ peer-led sexual violence prevention programs with a focus on bystander intervention. It details program development, program components, and strategies to increase program reach.

  • Key observations from our research:

    1. Peer-led sexual violence prevention and education programs are primarily done face-to-face.

    2. InstitutBystander intervention training is a critical component of sexual violence prevention.

    3. Student affairs leadership appoint one staff member to oversee sexual violence education programming.

    4. Program administrators network with student leaders to increase program reach and visibility.

    5. Peer facilitators require intensive training and clear expectations to effectively lead programs.

    6. Pre- and post-program assessments measure knowledge acquisition and guide program modifications.