Behavioral Science Technologies

Industry: App to reduce violence against women

Behavioral Science Technologies has built a web-based application designed to reduce violence against women. The application, RealConsent©, is a preventative intervention program aimed at college-age men.
 
The interactive web-based program takes about three hours to complete. Each section is designed to change attitudes that are shown to increase the likelihood of committing sexual assault. The sections address topics like informed consent, rape myths, the role of alcohol and when and how to intervene.
 
A randomized controlled trial demonstrated a 40 percent decrease in sexual violence among young men in the treatment group.
 
Violence again women, including sexual victimization and emotional abuse, continues to be a serious problem on college campuses. The majority of institutions lack adequate training programs to prevent this. Behavioral Science Technologies plans to market its clinically tested program to 4,500 institutions of higher learning. 

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