Publication Date


First Advisor

Jean LaTerz

Document Type

Masters Thesis

Study Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School for Social Work


Sexual assault prevention, College campus, Bystander intervention, Prevention programming, Rape-Prevention, Universities and colleges-Safety measures, Universities and colleges-Security measures, Bystander effect, College students-Crimes against


This exploratory study was undertaken to better understand the sexual assault prevention and education programming currently in place on college campuses. Additionally, this study sought to understand barriers to implementing programming and the impact that the recent national attention on sexual assault has had on this work. Ten professionals who are involved in sexual assault prevention programming on college campuses were interviewed using semi-structured interviewing. Participants were from a variety of educational settings across the country. This study found that the biggest obstacles faced in implementing preventive programming are a lack of time and money, with an overwhelming need for increased levels of staffing and resources. All of the participants agreed that recent national attention on sexual assault and recent federal mandates have had a positive impact on their work. The effect of this national attention ranged from the creation of new positions and departments to simply increasing student awareness.




iii, 47 pages. Thesis (M.S.W.)-Smith College School for Social Work, 2017. Includes bibliographical references (pages 37-40)

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