U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government, Department of Justice.

Preventing Campus Sexual Assault: Developing and Implementing A Sustainable Campus Situational Prevention Approach

Award Information

Award #
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $750,000)

Many colleges and universities lack the training and resources to adequately address sexual assault prevention. Most prevention programming in colleges and universities is carried out in a limited capacity or through a basic one-time educational program for entering students. Research is beginning to demonstrate that situational prevention initiatives, programs, strategies, and policies aimed at preventing first time perpetration of sexual violence have been successful. This solicitation seeks to reduce sexual violence perpetration on college and university campuses through the design and implementation of a comprehensive situational-based sexual assault prevention strategy, which may include educational, structural, environmental, and/or policy components.

The Portland State University (PSU) will tailor a Campus Situational Prevention Approach program and implementation manual for campuses, building upon the "Situational Prevention Approach" developed for use with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America's national network. PSU first will implement the program on Johns Hopkins University, Portland State University and Portland Community College campuses. PSU will then expand the Campus-Focused Sexual Assault Perpetration Prevention and Education Program to an additional five campuses, including Fairleigh Dickinson University, Catholic University of America, Linfield College, Northern Virginia Community College, and Pennsylvania State University.

Date Created: September 25, 2015