Reducing Sexual Assault on Campus: Lessons From the Movement to Prevent Drunk Driving.

Academic Article


  • I examined similarities and differences between the movement to prevent drunk driving of the 1980s, and current efforts to prevent and address campus sexual assault. As college and university administrators design policies and initiatives to reduce campus sexual assault in response to new federal legislation and regulation, they can apply lessons from successful public health initiatives to reduce drunk driving initiated more than 3 decades ago. I illustrate how interventions at the 5 levels of the social-ecological model, and messages that address entrenched cultural attitudes condoning sexual assault and blaming its victims can be used to combat campus sexual assault as a crime and a public health problem. I also show how efforts to promote community engagement can change behavioral norms and reduce offenses.
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    Publication Date

  • May 2016
  • Published In


  • Community Participation
  • Crime Victims
  • Culture
  • Driving Under the Influence
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Policy
  • Public Health Practice
  • Sex Offenses
  • Social Change
  • Social Marketing
  • Social Norms
  • Students
  • Universities
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 822
  • End Page

  • 829
  • Volume

  • 106
  • Issue

  • 5