Changing attitudes about being a bystander to violence: translating an in-person sexual violence prevention program to a new campus.

Academic Article


  • Bystander approaches to reducing sexual violence train community members in prosocial roles to interrupt situations with risk of sexual violence and be supportive community allies after an assault. This study employs a true experimental design to evaluate the effectiveness of Bringing in the Bystanderâ„¢ through 1-year post-implementation with first-year students from two universities (one rural, primarily residential; one urban, heavily commuter). We found significant change in bystander attitudes for male and female student program participants compared with the control group on both campuses, although the pattern of change depended on the combination of gender and campus.
  • Authors

  • Cares, Alison C
  • Banyard, Victoria L
  • Moynihan, Mary M
  • Williams, Linda M
  • Potter, Sharyn
  • Stapleton, Jane G
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • February 2015
  • Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Attitude
  • Female
  • Helping Behavior
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Rape
  • Residence Characteristics
  • Sex Offenses
  • Social Marketing
  • Students
  • Universities
  • Violence
  • Young Adult
  • bystander response
  • prevention evaluation
  • sexual violence prevention
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 25540255
  • Start Page

  • 165
  • End Page

  • 187
  • Volume

  • 21
  • Issue

  • 2