Situational prevention to end sexual violence on campuses

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cover of Enhancing Campus Sexual Assault Prevention Efforts Through Situational Interventions with a lot of small word iwth whit background and blue bar at bottomHow do we prevent sexual and domestic violence?  While many prevention strategies try to educate and train, individuals to change their knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behavior, greater impact can be made by making changes in the environment. This is the principle behind public health frameworks such as the Social Ecological Model and Spectrum of Prevention.

A new publication, Enhancing Campus Sexual Assault Prevention Efforts Through Situational Interventions, describes how situational prevention, originally a criminal justice concept know especially as Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), can align with social justice and public health models to advance efforts on college campuses to prevent sexual violence.

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David Lee, Tammy Meredith, Meg Bossong and Holly Rider-Millovich presented at NAPSA Strategies

In January 2018, CALCASA’s David Lee joined colleagues to present on situational prevention at the NASPA Strategies Sexual Violence Prevention Conference highlighting the work done at Williams College looking at campus social spaces, which students identify as a primary location for unwanted sexual touching. This project developed a mapping methodology to collect both quantitative and qualitative dimensions of student experiences in order to identify changes to the social space environment. By employing environmental strategies that can change physical, social, and cultural factors that facilitate sexual and gender-based violence on campus, we can enhance other sexual violence prevention activities taking place on campus.
This resources was developed through a collaborative project of the Center for Effective Public Policy, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Applied Research Services, EVERFI, Switchback Consulting, and National Sexual Violence Resource Center with funding by the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.
David Lee

David S. Lee, MPH, is the Director of Prevention Services at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) where he provides training and technical assistance on prevention. David manages the national project Prevention Connection, an online community of violence against women prevention practitioners, funders, researchers and activists. For over 29 years David has worked in efforts to end domestic violence and sexual assault.

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