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

Sexual Assault Risk Reduction and Resistance

1st Edition

Theory, Research, and Practice

Editors: Lindsay Orchowski Christine Gidycz
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128053898
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st April 2018
Page Count: 450
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Sexual Assault Risk Reduction and Resistance: Theory, Research, and Practice examines sexual assault risk reduction programs for young women. 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. Although the volume includes a discussion of broader-level initiatives to prevent sexual assault (i.e., bystander intervention programs, sexual assault prevention programs), the primary focus is on risk reduction and resistance programs for young women.

The book features an introduction that operationalizes risk reduction, then highlights the rationale and need for risk reduction, raises current controversies and questions facing the field, and outlines the current state of the science. The second section focuses on risk and protective factors for victimization and how these factors guide risk reduction efforts. The third section outlines the theory and research of current sexual assault risk reduction and resistance practices. The last section of the book addresses special populations and future directions.

Key Features

  • Addresses current controversies in the field of sexual assault risk reduction
  • Details what it means to be trauma informed
  • Explores the research regarding perpetrator characteristics
  • Considers how to provide risk reduction without victim-blaming
  • Reviews theoretical approaches to sexual assault risk reduction such as social-emotional learning, risk recognition models, sexual assertiveness, and self-defense
  • Overviews sexual assault risk reduction with adolescents and girls in the juvenile justice system
  • Discusses international programming efforts in sexual assault risk reduction


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