How intervention programs help reduce sexual violence in the US Air Force Academy

To prevent unwanted sexual violence among military service members in the US armed forces, a new study covered prevention programs aimed at reducing assault rates.

According to researchers at George Mason University, their study publicized in the American Journal of Public Health focused on cadets at the US Air Force Academy.

Using a small-group preventive intervention, their study of 832 participants unveiled that instances of unwanted sexual harassment or assault were placed into a reduction by nearly 40 percent.

Known as the Cadet Healthy Personal Skills (CHiPS), developed by the National Health Promotion Associates, the intervention demonstrated efficacy in promoting positive social norms and inhibiting the tendency for sexual violence in the armed forces.

“This study tested the effectiveness of a small-group preventive intervention designed to prevent unwanted sexual contact among cadets at the US Air Force Academy,” the findings read.

“Among cadets in the incoming class of 2021, unwanted sexual contact was cut by nearly half in the intervention group relative to the control group. This study is one of the first rigorously designed trials to demonstrate a significant impact on unwanted sexual contact among students attending a US military service academy.”

The study was written by Kenneth Griffin, Christopher Williams, Wendy Travis, and Andra Tharp.

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