Bystander education: Bringing a broader community perspective to sexual violence prevention
Version of Record online: 11 DEC 2003
Copyright © 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Community Psychology
Volume 32, Issue 1, pages 61–79, January 2004
How to Cite
Banyard, V. L., Plante, E. G. and Moynihan, M. M. (2004), Bystander education: Bringing a broader community perspective to sexual violence prevention. J. Community Psychol., 32: 61–79. doi: 10.1002/jcop.10078
- Issue online: 11 DEC 2003
- Version of Record online: 11 DEC 2003
- National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Grant Number: 2202-WG-BX-0009
Recent research documents the problem of sexual violence across communities, often finding its causes to be embedded in community and cultural norms, thus demonstrating the need for community-focused solutions. In this article we synthesize research from community psychology on community change and prevention with more individually focused studies of sexual violence prevention programs and bystander behavior in emergency and crime situations. The purpose of bringing together this research is to outline a new area of focus for sexual violence prevention: the mobilization of prosocial behavior on the part of potential bystanders. This approach has utility for increasing community receptivity to prevention messages, by decreasing resistance to them, and for increasing the likelihood of community members taking an active role in prevention and intervention. The specific case of sexual violence prevention on college campus communities illustrates this approach. © 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Comm Psychol 32: 61–79, 2004.