Prevention Innovations Research Center (PIRC) at UNH released important findings earlier this week in a report, “It’s Not Just the What but the How,” prepared for the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. The findings inform strategies for the prevention of and response to sexual violence on college and university campuses.
The findings conclude that campus sexual misconduct policies need to be disseminated in a manner that is engaging for students and provides opportunities for them to increase their knowledge and develop skills so that they are able to help themselves, their friends, and people they don’t know. Findings also indicate that varying the way the messages are delivered works best as does reminding students about the policies throughout their years on campus. The goal of creating campus communities that are free of sexual assault will be reached through strategic planning and resource allocation for multiple prevention and response strategies that reach students, faculty and staff in ongoing ways.
In April 2014, UNH was one of three universities tapped by a White House task force to conduct further research related to ending campus sexual assault. They were also identified in “Not Alone: The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault,” for developing and implementing evidenced-based prevention strategies.