Sexual Assault Risk Reduction and Resistance - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128053898, 9780128093429

Sexual Assault Risk Reduction and Resistance

1st Edition

Theory, Research, and Practice

Editors: Lindsay Orchowski Christine Gidycz
eBook ISBN: 9780128093429
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128053898
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 20th June 2018
Page Count: 470
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Sexual Assault Risk Reduction and Resistance explores the theory, research, and practice of sexual assault risk reduction, resistance education, and self-defense programs for women and other vulnerable groups, including sexual minorities, individuals with disabilities, and those with histories of victimization. Following an ecosystemic perspective, the book examines individual risk and protective factors for sexual victimization, as well as peer-, family-, community- and societal-level factors that influence risk for sexual violence and inform the content of programs.

This volume brings together leading researchers and practitioners to operationalize sexual assault risk reduction approaches and highlights the rationale and need for risk reduction in the context of other sexual assault prevention efforts. The volume provides an overview of the history of this sexual assault prevention approach and addresses current controversies and questions in the field. The authors outline risk and protective factors for victimization and discuss how these factors guide risk reduction efforts. The volume also outlines the theory and effectiveness of current sexual assault risk reduction and resistance practices and addresses special populations and future directions.

Key Features

  • Reviews theoretical approaches to sexual assault risk reduction
  • Summarizes program outcome studies
  • Delineates feminist self-defense approaches
  • Details what it means for prevention to be "trauma informed"
  • Considers how to provide risk reduction without victim-blaming
  • Confronts current controversies in the field of sexual assault risk reduction
  • Details how prevention can address the role of alcohol in sexual violence
  • Discusses international prevention efforts


Intended for researchers who explore sexual assault risk reduction efforts, practitioners in sexual assault prevention work. It may also be used by those in women’s or gender studies, sociology, or in violence and/or criminal justice

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The Current State of Sexual Assault Risk Reduction
3. The Consequences of Rape: Ensuring that Interventions are Trauma Informed

PART 2: Risk and Protective Factors
4. Risk for Rape Across the Ecosystem: Outlining a Framework for Sexual Assault Risk Reduction and Resistance Education
5. Perpetrator Characteristics: Implications for Risk Reduction Programming, Policy and Sanctioning on College Campuses
6. “I thought it could never happen to me”: Understanding Women’s Perceptions of Risk for Violence
7. Psychological Barriers to Resistance
8. Fighting Back! Efficacy of Women’s Resistance Strategies to Rape
9. Alcohol Use and Risk for Sexual Violence

PART 3: Intervention Approaches and Efficacy
10. Approaches to Sexual Assault Risk Reduction, Resistance, and Self Defense
11. Efficacy of Sexual Assault Risk Reduction and Resistance Education Programs
12. Efficacy of Self Defense Training for Rape Resistance
13. Sexual Violence as a Global Health Problem: Theory and Intervention Efficacy

PART 4: Special Populations and Topics
14. Reducing Risk for Revictimization: Rationale and Intervention Approaches
15. Risk Reduction among LGBTQ Populations
16. Intersection of Sexual Assault Risk Reduction and HIV Prevention
17. Preventing the “Second Assault”:  Strategies for Enhancing Social Reactions to Disclosure of Sexual Victimization


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About the Editor

Lindsay Orchowski

Lindsay Orchowski recently completed a NIAAA-funded research examining sexual assault prevention with college men, and is currently the Principal Investigator of a CDC-funded evaluation of sexual assault prevention, risk reduction, and bystander intervention programming among high school students, a CDC-funded evaluation of social norms interventions for sexual assault prevention and risk reduction among middle school youth, and a Department of Defense Funded evaluation of sexual assault prevention for men in the military.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI, USA

Christine Gidycz

Christine Gidycz is a developer and evaluator of the Ohio University Sexual Assault Risk Reduction Program. This program has sustained development, evaluation and revision across 7 outcome studies over the past 20 years. Dr. Gidycz has received funding from the Ohio Department of Health as well as the Centers for Disease Control. She is the author of numerous manuscripts addressed sexual assault risk reduction, sexual assault prevention, and risk factors for violence

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Psychology, Ohio University, Athens, OH, USA

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