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- Laura Spitalniak discusses the need to actively engage male student-athletes in sexual assault prevention efforts.
- How can active bystander trainings and other sexual assault prevention efforts be made more inclusive of all genders?
- Read more about improving sexual assault prevention efforts for men.
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Men student-athletes say they lack the knowledge and skills to serve as active bystanders when it comes to preventing sexual assault, despite having the desire to do so, according to a new report from It’s On Us, an organization dedicated to preventing campus sexual assault. Surveyed athletes also said they don’t consider their colleges’ awareness and prevention programs to be effective.
It’s On Us recommends colleges offer prevention education that includes statistics on and examples of the spectrum of healthy to unhealthy relationships, as well as of abusive behaviors.
Putting gender-inclusive examples into prevention programs is pivotal to combating the stereotype that men are not susceptible to sexual and domestic violence, the report said. Programming should also highlight a college’s reporting procedures and support resources for survivors who are men, as well as how athletes can support teammates who experience sexual misconduct or domestic abuse.
Research shows as many as 1 in 4 undergraduate women and 1 in 20 undergraduate men report sexual misconduct.
But It’s On Us found that a majority of surveyed men athletes don’t know their college’s policy for responding to sexual misconduct. And those who were familiar with it said they didn’t trust the college’s responses, based on conversations they had had with survivors who reported assaults.
Read the full article about sexual assault prevention by Laura Spitalniak at Higher Ed Dive.