Statement of Purpose Sexual assault on college campuses is a prevalent public health problem, with 1 in 4 women experiencing sexual assault in college. The Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act (EAAA) is a 12-hour, peer facilitator-led, in-person, group-based, sexual assault resistance intervention that has been shown to reduce rape victimization by 50% among female undergraduates in a randomized controlled trial. Despite its efficacy, uptake of EAAA has been limited, as universities often prefer brief online interventions; however, no online intervention has been proven to reduce sexual assault victimization.
Methods/Approach This CDC-funded project adapted EAAA for online delivery to groups of students by live facilitators using a systematic adaptation process called ADAPT-ITT. The aims were threefold; first, to conduct a theater test of a minimally adapted internet-delivered EAAA intervention (IDEA3) with 8 undergraduate women; second, to use initial feedback to develop a fully adapted IDEA3 intervention; and third, to conduct a pilot trial (N=64) to test the acceptability and feasibility of the IDEA3 intervention and examine intermediary outcomes shown to be strong mediators of EAAA’s effect on reducing sexual assault victimization. Participants completed baseline and post-test surveys to measure self-defense self-efficacy and other mediators of sexual assault risk, including rape myth acceptance and detection of risk in coercive situations. Feedback was provided through post-session surveys and focus groups.
Results Theater test participants rated the program’s interactive activities, virtual format, self-defense training, and roleplays highly. The pilot trial will conclude in March 2022. Results on feasibility, acceptability, pre-test/post-test changes in key outcomes, and lessons learned through the adaptation process will be presented.
Conclusions Preliminary findings indicate that online adaptation was acceptable and feasible.
Significance Results from this study have the potential to revolutionize campus sexual assault prevention programming by substantially increasing the scalability of this evidence-based sexual assault prevention program.
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