Study shows resistance tactics work to prevent campus sexual assault

Two numbers really stand out to me. First, resistance dropped the incidence of rape by 50% - so the idea is to fight back, and the more you know about how to effectively fight back, the more likely you are to escape.

The second number, however, is that roughly 10% of of university aged women were raped over this 4 year study - and even more were the victim of attempted rape. And this isn't even capturing non-penetrative sexual assault. And what's more, that number is lower than other studies.

As is noted in the article, this program - the effective resistance program - is only a band-aid: we need to get to the root of the problem. But while we as a society deal with problem of how we treat women, I would certainly ask that this program be rolled out to more centres ASAP.

But, according to new landmark Canadian research, it works. The study, published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that the Canadian-designed intervention, which focuses on teaching women how to avoid the risky situations that lead to sexual assault, reduced the rate of rape among participants by nearly 50 per cent. At a time when universities are facing harsh criticism for mishandling sexual assault, when the White House has called for action to reduce sexual violence on campus, when it’s estimated that as many as one in four female university students may be assaulted before they finish their degree, is it responsible to deny young women access to a tried-and-tested program?