With decades of experience in prevention and the management of interpersonal conflict, we are prepared to work with your constituents. We have learned in the last decade that implementation strategies are central to success. Our effectiveness in addressing SAMM claims was evaluated through a voluntary survey completed by employees at the end of our online course. The results from these surveys may be found in a peer-reviewed publication, the Journal of Child Abuse, with the title: Preventing School Employee Sexual Misconduct: An Outcome Survey Analysis of Making Right Choices.
The results from 13,000 school employees demonstrated that both employees and administrators demonstrated a statistically significant commitment to behavioral change coupled with an increase in misconduct response readiness and awareness. This data is supported additionally by the anecdotal experience of cultural change.
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Table 4. Percentage of participants who agree or strongly agree with statements about knowledge, awareness, and behaviors.
|More aware of risk factors that increase the chance that a student will become a victim
|Better equipped to recognize when behavior is unacceptable
|More aware of risk factors that make employees more likely to cross the line with a student
|Better understand reporting obligations
|Better understand how to report
|More likely to report
|Better understand their district’s policies
|Less likely to try to “rescue” a student
|More aware of the damage suffered by victims of misconduct
|Better understand how a balanced life promotes good decision-making
|More aware of the consequences employees face from sexual misconduct
|Believe that sexual misconduct occurs more frequently than believed before
A more recent study (Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape funded) is being prepared for publication and it demonstrates the utility of the material we developed when provided to school districts in different formats. We included both pre and post knowledge questions enhancing evidence-based change information. Importantly the data demonstrates that we know how to address these issues.