For many years, our campus community has been at the forefront, striving to reach new audiences, transform social norms, and implement innovative responses to sexual misconduct. Our outcomes in 2017 reveal OSMRC and campus partners carried on that tradition.
Innovation is often achieved in a creative and collaborative culture that promotes shared work and vision. While introducing new ideas was scary and risked polarizing relationships, it was also invigorating and strengthened our resolve to continuously take aim at ending sexual misconduct. I remain grateful for our campus and community partners who thoughtfully asked questions, challenged assumptions, and provided feedback so that our new projects could be as effective as possible.
We leaned heavily on our colleagues’ research and expert consensus to inform two new projects. In May 2017, we began working with the UI’s University College and Dr. Charlene Senn at the University of Windsor to bring her Enhanced Assess Acknowledge Act (EAAA) curriculum to the UI. In a randomized controlled trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine, women who completed the curriculum were 46% less likely to experience a completed sexual assault and 63% less likely to experience an attempted sexual assault. Flip the Script is now a one-credit course providing an additional education resource for students interested in learning resistance strategies.
A second project, funded by the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, included working with Dr. Erika Lawrence of the Family Institute at Northwestern University to revise her Achieving Change through Value-Based Behavior (ACTV) group curriculum for use as an individual intervention with students found responsible for a sexual misconduct violation. The curriculum was modified and is now called UI-CERB (Cognitive, Emotion Regulation, and Behavioral skills). UI-CERB increases students’ awareness of internal thoughts and feelings so they can make choices about their behavior based on their values. UI-CERB facilitators started meeting with students in July 2017. We are committed to ongoing assessment for both Flip the Script and UI-CERB.
While innovative programming led to new interventions, it was our casework and the staggering accompanying data that drove us to seek new ways of working because they served as daily reminders of how sexual misconduct impacts peoples’ lives. It is because of our work with these individuals that we remain dedicated to continuously enhancing campus prevention, intervention, and policy resources.
Monique DiCarlo is the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator and the director of OSMRC. In 2017 , she was appointed the University of Iowa’s Title IX Coordinator.