Unwanted Kiss

A social experiment that involved a special anti-rape education program for women has reduced instances of rape by 50 percent on three university campuses. The author of the study is professor of psychology Charlene Senn from the University of Windsor in Ontario. She collected the statistics on the program's success, and said that for every 22 women who are taught the program, one rape will be avoided. Clearly, the results are nothing short of astounding.

The program teaches young women how to resist sexual coercion both with psychological tools and with self defense. According to Senn, she did not expect that the program would be this successful at reducing rape, but she suspected that the program would have a positive affect toward reducing instances of sexual violence experienced by women.

20 to 25 Percent of Female College Students Will Be Assaulted

According to statistics, 20 to 25 percent of young women in universities will be sexually assaulted. The most at risk are sophomore and freshmen women.

The research study was carried out at two mid-sized universities and one large-sized university in Canada, focusing on first-year women between the ages of 17 and 24. Among the study participants, 893 of them either attended a special rape resistance program or were sent to a few sessions that provided educational pamphlets on the topic of sexual assault.

Program Helped Women with Their Ability to Assess Danger

The 12-hour rape resistance course was split into four separate sessions. It showed women how they can assess if they are at risk of being sexually assaulted by different men they know. It further taught the women how to identify coercive situations, overcome emotional roadblocks, and resist sexual behaviors verbally. In addition, the women received two hours of self defense training, safe sex instruction and sexual communication strategies.

According to Senn, one of the biggest dangers women who are sexually assaulted face is an inability to recognize dangerous situations, particularly when they are interacting with men they already know. Women in the program therefore are taught how to effectively assess threat levels in different situations so they can exit the situation earlier and/or use defensive force when necessary.

People guilty of committing rape will be prosecuted and punished in criminal court for their crimes. Also, their victims will have the right to pursue civil assault personal injury claims against them for financial restitution relating to their injuries. If you have been victimized by rape, make sure to educate yourself on your rights under the law.

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