BITB® Workshop Evaluation
Bringing in the Bystander®, developed by researchers at the University of New Hampshire, has a proven record of increasing participants’ knowledge about sexual assault and their willingness to intervene on behalf of others when help is needed. Research conducted at the University of Windsor by Dr. Anne Forrest and Dr. Charlene Senn found that students who participated in the 3-hour, UWindsor version of BITB®, led by UWindsor undergraduate peer educators, were better prepared and more willing to take action when they saw a potentially violent situation.
In their study of 827 undergraduate students that compared BITB® workshop participants with a control group, Drs. Forrest and Senn found that both male and female BITB® workshop participants were more confident that they would know what to do and less self-conscious about what others would think if they intervened on behalf of friends or strangers to prevent a sexual assault.
Workshop participants were also more likely to engage in positive actions such as talking to others about the issue.
The UWindsor Bystander Initiative is changing students’ attitudes and preparing them to be prosocial bystanders.
Research Publication (forthcoming) in Psychology of Violence: “The impact of sexual assault bystander intervention workshops incorporated in academic courses”
Campus Climate Survey
The UWindsor Campus Climate Survey measures changes in students’ experiences of sexual assault, attitudes toward their campus community, and perceptions of their role in creating change. The research was initiated in 2010 – the year before the start of the Bystander Initiative at the University of Windsor – and will conclude in 2020. Participants are University of Windsor and St. Clair College students. In 2015, we added questions about students’ satisfaction with the support they received on campus when they tell someone about their experiences of sexual assault.
Overall findings will be posted at the conclusion of the study.