Get first year female college students to take a course on rape resistance, and they are 50% less likely to be sexually assaulted. That’s the findings of a landmark Canadian study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The study found that women who took the 12-hour resistance course were far less likely to be raped compared to a second group who only received brochures on consent and sexual assault.
Hilla Kerner with Vancouver Rape Relief says it’s only a partial solution.
“This is very, very important research, I think it is the first of its kind that interviews so many women students, the problem with this research is its only one element, first and foremost we have to stop men, and hold them accountable.”
The study’s author says it proves that providing women with knowledge and tools can increase their ability to defend themselves, and reduce the severity of sexual violence they experience.