Sexual Violence on the College Campus: A Guide to Prevention and Response

James Quick, Joanne H. Gavin, David Gavin

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Our goal in this book is to offer the reader a comprehensive look at sexual assault on American college campuses. We have broken the book into three sections. Each section covers an important part of crafting safe campuses.
In the first section, we focus on understanding the evolution of Title IX and sexual assault legislation. Understanding not only the laws themselves but how they came about is critical to fully appreciating how we got to where we are today; and how much further we need to go. This section delves into the challenges of enforcing the sexual assault legislation from the attitudes of the individuals charged with investigating sexual assault charges to the risky behaviors in which college students engage.
Before getting into the whys and hows of creating safe college campuses, it is important to understand the evolution of the law that focus on protecting women in society, on the job and on a college campus. It is very interesting to see the development of these laws and to try to understand how issues of sexual assault on came to be housed under Title IX; a law which is generally seen as a law protecting women athletes.
After a comprehensive discussion of the laws regarding sexual assault, we will turn our focus to the critical aspects of sexual assault that need to be considered when developing your prevention plans. Consideration of issues like consent, risky behaviors and the challenges to protecting a school's reputation must all be considered.
After these considerations, we turn our attention to developing educational and training programs. What are the unique challenges of creating programs that will be most effective for faculty, students and staff? What are the challenges of athletes and athletic departments and how can a program address those?
Finally we discuss the aftermath of an assault. No program, no matter how well thought out, will ever be one hundred percent successful. So, how you respond to those who still suffer a sexual assault is critical. The school's response can set the tone for how the victim perceived and copes with the tragedy.
In this section, we offer our model for crafting safe campuses. We address the importance of university leadership and their full support of safe campus programs. We also offer a plan for creating university communities that support everyone and that take an active role in the healing of all involved after an assault happens.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWashington DC
PublisherAmerican Psychological Association
Number of pages240
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019


  • Violence against women
  • sexual assault
  • preventive management


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