Panel

Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence in Cultural and College Perspectives

Location

Room 223, DiGiorgio Campus Center (DiGs)

Start Date

31-3-2016 3:30 PM

End Date

31-3-2016 4:45 PM

Keywords

Christian campus, sexual assault, awareness and prevention; community programs; campus programs

Abstract

Background & Purpose: Many victims of sexual assault are rising to advocate for sexual assault prevention on college campuses, including Christian college campuses. Some reports indicate that Christian campuses shy away from the topic and refuse to allow needed programs on sex or sexual assault to be introduced to their campuses, even though it is so adamantly needed. The purpose of this study was to increase the promotion of sexual assault awareness and prevention to students on the campus of Charleston Southern University.

Methods: A one-day seminar was offered in partnership with a community health organization on campus. Over 75 students attended to hear survivor narratives and an awareness message. Primary analysis of survey data collected involved qualitative and quantitative analysis of open and closed-ended questions. In total, the research team reviewed 34 pre-intervention surveys and 9 post- intervention surveys.

Results: Descriptive data analysis revealed that participants found the sexual assault awareness and prevention program to be “most informative” and “informative.” Qualitative analysis of open-ended questions found that content was accepted by audience because of the “openness” of the speaker. Emergent themes included: unwanted contact, not the victims fault, and attire of victim caused sexual assault.

Conclusion: Culturally-informed awareness and prevention programs that are realistic, open, peer-led, and create a comfortable non-threatening atmosphere have a vital role to play in educating students on Christian campuses on the subject of sexual assault prevention. Critical analysis of purity culture and true awareness-raising can happen in such settings.

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Mar 31st, 3:30 PM Mar 31st, 4:45 PM

Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Within Purity Culture: A Process Evaluation of an Intervention Conducted with Community Partners at a Christian University

Room 223, DiGiorgio Campus Center (DiGs)

Background & Purpose: Many victims of sexual assault are rising to advocate for sexual assault prevention on college campuses, including Christian college campuses. Some reports indicate that Christian campuses shy away from the topic and refuse to allow needed programs on sex or sexual assault to be introduced to their campuses, even though it is so adamantly needed. The purpose of this study was to increase the promotion of sexual assault awareness and prevention to students on the campus of Charleston Southern University.

Methods: A one-day seminar was offered in partnership with a community health organization on campus. Over 75 students attended to hear survivor narratives and an awareness message. Primary analysis of survey data collected involved qualitative and quantitative analysis of open and closed-ended questions. In total, the research team reviewed 34 pre-intervention surveys and 9 post- intervention surveys.

Results: Descriptive data analysis revealed that participants found the sexual assault awareness and prevention program to be “most informative” and “informative.” Qualitative analysis of open-ended questions found that content was accepted by audience because of the “openness” of the speaker. Emergent themes included: unwanted contact, not the victims fault, and attire of victim caused sexual assault.

Conclusion: Culturally-informed awareness and prevention programs that are realistic, open, peer-led, and create a comfortable non-threatening atmosphere have a vital role to play in educating students on Christian campuses on the subject of sexual assault prevention. Critical analysis of purity culture and true awareness-raising can happen in such settings.