The study has been conducted in Canada by Charlene Senn, notable psychologist as well professor of women’s studies at the University of Windsor, Canada. During the past 10 years Mrs. Senn developed an education program that includes resisting sexual assaults.
In her study, Charlene Senn had 900 participants, all first-year female students from the University of Windsor, University of Guelph, as well as the University of Calgary. The participants were split in two groups, one being a control group.
Half of the women were included in the Enhanced Assess Acknowledge Act Sexual Assault Resistance Program, or EAAA. The control group was only given brochures informing the students on dangers, campus clinics as well as counseling centers.
The rest, who were included in the EAAA were trained to recognize situations where they are in danger. Following, defensive strategies were a feature of the program. Self-defense training was the most active component of the EAAA.
The program’s modules were systematized in five categories. ‘Assess’ was the first unit which focused on the active improvement of assessment capabilities of women who find themselves at risk of sexual assault. Defense strategies were also included in the unit.
The acknowledgement unit placed emphasis on realising the danger and resisting it especially in situations when it turned coercive. Emotional barriers had to be analyzed in order to improve women’s possibilities of resisting and refusing to become a victim.
The unit titled ‘Act’ referred to physical self-defense training. Entwined with this unit was the ‘sexuality and relationships’ unit which offered numerous information on sexual communication, slang pertaining to the area, body language and safe sex practices.
After extensive training, the group who participated in trial showed a drop of overall 46 percent in rapes. Sexual assault attempts dropped by 63 percent as well.
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