In-person prevention programs that focus on working with small groups of participants and building their awareness and skills about sexual violence using a bystander framework are the type of bystander focused prevention that has been around the longest. Initially developed by Jackson Katz and the Mentors in Violence Prevention Program using a social justice approach, many versions of such programs now exist. Unfortunately to date evaluation research on these programs has not kept pace with their development. This has begun to change and increasing numbers of program evaluations are appearing in the published literature. Here are a few examples of programs:
1. Mentors in Violence Prevention - implemented with high school communities, college campuses, the military, professional athletes. http://www.jacksonkatz.com/mvp.html http://www.ncasports.org/programs/mentors-in-violence-prevention.shtml Several evaluations with high school students have been conducted. Attitude changes shown.
2. Bringing in the Bystander - University of New Hampshire www.unh.edu/preventioninnovations Evaluations with college students have been conducted. Program changes attitudes and increases prosocial bystander behavior.
3. Alan Berkowitz ResponseAbility http://www.alanberkowitz.com/
A key aspect of community education is community relevance. Thus, many individual communities have been adapting components of these and other programs to create their own bystander education. Share your examples here - what aspects are unique to your community? What might be the common factors?