Counselor’s Perceptions of Using Bystander Intervention to Address Sexual Assault: A Case Study of College Counselors

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2017-05

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Title IX is a federal policy that requires colleges and universities to respond to sexual assault. As more colleges are under scrutiny regarding their Title IX policies concerning the process of reporting campus sexual assault, college counseling centers may be the primary contact for prevention and intervention on college campuses. One of the best ways to address Title IX requirements is to prevent sexual assault primarily. Bystander intervention is one way to change the culture of the campus community and prevent a sexual assault. The literature falls short of including college counselor perspectives when discussing sexual assault and bystander interventions. This study uses a qualitative method to examine the perceptions of college counselors who are tasked with responsibilities related to Title IX. Seven licensed professional counselors, who have experience at junior colleges, private and public four year universities were solicited to participate in interviews to investigate the role of college counselors and their perceptions of using bystander intervention programs to address and hopefully prevent sexual assault on college campuses.


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Barriers to Intervention, Bystander efficacy, Campus Culture, Rape Culture, Rape myth acceptance, Readiness to change

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