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EAAA (Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act) Sexual Assault Resistance Education

Blueprints Program Rating: Promising

A four-unit program to help first-year college women resist acquaintance sexual assault by providing them with information and resistance training.

Sustaining EAAA over time generally requires a commitment on the part of the administration of postsecondary institutions to allocate resources for EAAA within their core budget. This can mean training existing health, student services, or counseling center staff to act as Campus/Community Trainers. Partnerships with Women’s Centers on campus and nonprofit Rape Crisis Centers can also offer support. These organizations may have access to grant funding to support staffing and training.

Improving the Use of Existing Public Funds

The biggest ongoing cost of the program is staff time for coordinating and training facilitators and pay for facilitators' time for preparation and delivery of workshops. College counseling or health centers can train existing staff to act as Campus/Community Trainers and recruit seniors or graduate students to work as facilitators. Postsecondary institutions could potentially offer the facilitator positions as internships for graduate students in psychology, sociology, social work, social justice, or counseling which could defray the cost of paying facilitators.

Allocating State or Local General Funds

State funds, most typically from college budgets, can be allocated to purchase the initial training and curriculum, as well as to pay staff to administer and deliver the intervention.

Maximizing Federal Funds

Formula Grants: The STOP Violence Against Women and the Sexual Assault Services Formula Grant Program (SASP) both provide funding to states and local law enforcement to support community solutions to address violence against women and interventions for victims of sexual assault. These funding streams (particularly SASP) may be funding rape crisis centers who can partner to deliver the EAAA program. See: www.justice.gov/ovw/grant-programs#svaw

Discretionary Grants: There are relevant federal discretionary grants administered by the Department of Justice, Office of Violence against Women. This office administers the Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus Program. This program funds prevention education programs as well as other campus responses.

Foundation Grants and Public-Private Partnerships

Foundation grants can be solicited to pay for initial training. Foundations focused on grants to prevent and end violence against women as well as foundations focused on postsecondary education might potentially support this program.