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Population and Subgroup Differences in the Prevalence and Predictors of Campus Sexual Assault to Inform Preventive Interventions

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $254,196)

This secondary data analysis study uses data from the Haven Online Campus Sexual Assault Prevention program to conduct a more in-depth investigation of the prevalence and predictors of sexual assault victimization and perpetration across college campuses. Haven is an online learning program addressing the critical issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, sexual harassment, and stalking. The data consists of pre-intervention and post-intervention data gathered from entering college students (i.e., freshman, transfer, international, and graduate students) to whom the Haven intervention was delivered. The scope and scale of the data allow for the examination and generalization of findings of the intersection of contexts and behaviors, as well as the vulnerabilities in students at higher risk for sexual assault. The data includes survey responses from a demographically diverse, national sample of over two million college students across 691 universities/colleges, across four academic years (2016-2020). The data include highly practiced relevant measures of social norms, attitudes, and bystander variables, as well as measures of both victimization and perpetration. Prospective power analyses demonstrate the ability to examine underrepresented subgroups with sufficient power. Analyses will also assess the relationship between attitudes and perceptions of campus norms and self-reports of sexual assault victimization and perpetration, including variations in this relationship by student subgroups. Finally, the study will document the variation in bystander intentions, efficacy, and behaviors and self-reports of sexual assault victimization and perpetration by subgroups, accounting for attitudes, perceptions of campus norms, and pre-campus sexual assault, as well as individual and school characteristics. The products resulting from the research grant will include: 1) presentations at academic and practitioner conferences; 2) peer-reviewed publications; 3) research, practice, and policy briefs; and 4) targeted webinars for researcher and practitioner audiences. Note: This project contains a research and/or development component, as defined in applicable law, and complies with Part 200 Uniform Requirements - 2 CFR 200.210(a)(14). CA/NCF

Date Created: September 18, 2020