Teaching women to fight back decreases rape incidents by half: UWindsor study

October 26, 2017

A program at the University of Windsor is showing “unprecedented” findings for the prevention of rape. Called the Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act Education Program (EAAA), the initiative trains women to actively fight back against sexual assault. Researchers recruited nearly 900 first-year female students at three Canadian universities and randomly split them into two groups, one of which participated in the program while the other received a brochure about sexual assault. In the first year, the incidence of rape was reduced by 46% for the group that participated in the program. “The findings suggest that teaching women tools to protect themselves is a highly effective approach, especially among students in first-year university,” reports Erin Anderssen of the Globe and MailGlobe and Mail | UWindsor