Sexual Assault Resistance Education for University Women:  The Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act (EAAA) Sexual Assault Resistance Program also known to students as Flip the ScriptTM program

NEW Grant (2016-2020) and Next Steps – Knowledge Mobilization and Implementation
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I (with co-investigators Barata, Radtke, Eliasziw, Thurston & McVey and collaborator Deb Chard, Wen-Do Women’s Self Defence) have received funding from the CIHR to study the implementation and scale-up of the EAAA program on Canadian university campuses. This research will determine the impact of decisions that campuses make in how to recruit participants and deliver the program as well as a number of other factors in maintenance of the fidelity and effectiveness of the program.  More information about this project.

Adapting and Evaluating EAAA (Flip the ScriptTM program) for High School Girls/Young Women

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Postdoctoral Fellow, Sara Crann, is working on adapting and evaluating the EAAA program for high school girls/young women.  This project involves two phases of research. The first phase will adapt the EAAA program for the social and developmental context of adolescence to produce a version of EAAA designed specifically for girls between 14 and 17 years old. The second phase will rigorously evaluate the adapted program. This research will be conducted in partnership with organizations and high schools/school boards across Ontario. We (Crann, Senn, Eliasziw) recently obtained funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada (2018-2023) for this project.  Read more about Sara Crann and how to participate in this project.

Bystander Initiative:  Sexual Assault Prevention

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In collaboration with Dr. Anne Forrest (Women’s and Gender Studies), I have conducted a number of research studies to evaluate the effectiveness of our campus activities related to the Bystander Initiative to Mitigate Sexual Assault on Campus (BI). We have studied the undergraduate students who take a 3-hr adaptation of the University of New Hampshire’s Bringing in the Bystander® workshop (see Senn & Forrest, 2015). In 2010, we began conducting a campus wide survey annually and will continue it until 2020. We will use this survey to evaluate whether our institutionalization model (See Forrest & Senn, 2017; Senn & Forrest, 2013) succeeds in producing a campus climate change. We have also conducted small studies to understand students’ reactions to the provincial Draw the Line campaign materials we use as a ‘booster’ each winter semester. More information about this project.

Women’s Experiences with Pornography

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I co-authored a chapter with Ana Bridges on this topic (Bridges, Senn & Andrews, 2013). Continuing an interest from early in my career, I continue to be interested in co-designing studies with my students exploring the intersections between pornography and other media and male violence against women.

Selected Research Collaborations

Empowerment through Self-Defense Global Research

“You’ve heard me say it, probably more than once: ESD has been crafted over the past forty-five years by women, many with backgrounds in social work, psychology, sociology, and education, AND martial arts, who have analyzed the types of violence that women, children, and other vulnerable populations are subject to and have built a holistic system of emotional, verbal and physical skills to combat a complicated spectrum of violence.
In recent years, researchers have documented the effectiveness of ESD. And here are some of those researchers and practitioners who recently met in Palo Alto, CA for the ESD Global Research Summit.
With a deep research commitment, they are working together to move the field forward. May the force be with them. More soon!”

Visit Empowerment through Self-Defense Global for more information on their project collaborations.


Back row: Jennifer Keller, Stanford University; Brieanne Beaujolais,The Ohio State University; Gal Harmat, World Peace Academy, UN University for Peace, and the Arts and Social Change College; Christine Gidycz, Ohio University; Jocelyn Hollander, University of Oregon; Charlene Senn, University of Windsor; Lindsay Orchowski, Brown University; Front row: Martha Thompson, Northeastern Illinois University and IMPACT Chicago; Darlene DeFour,Hunter College; and Amy Jones, Culture of Safety.

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