Prevention of sexual violence among college students: Current challenges and future directions

Erin E. Bonar, Sarah DeGue, Antonia Abbey, Ann L. Coker, Christine H. Lindquist, Heather L. McCauley, Elizabeth Miller, Charlene Y. Senn, Martie P. Thompson, Quyen M. Ngo, Rebecca M. Cunningham, Maureen A. Walton

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Objective Preventing sexual violence among college students is a public health priority. This paper was catalyzed by a summit convened in 2018 to review the state of the science on campus sexual violence prevention. We summarize key risk and vulnerability factors and campus-based interventions, and provide directions for future research pertaining to campus sexual violence. Results and Conclusions: Although studies have identified risk factors for campus sexual violence, longitudinal research is needed to examine time-varying risk factors across social ecological levels (individual, relationship, campus context/broader community and culture) and data are particularly needed to identify protective factors. In terms of prevention, promising individual and relational level interventions exist, including active bystander, resistance, and gender transformative approaches; however, further evidence-based interventions are needed, particularly at the community-level, with attention to vulnerability factors and inclusion for marginalized students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)575-588
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of American College Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2022

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  • campus sexual violence
  • marginalized students
  • prevention
  • risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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