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Evaluation of an Innovative Approach to Sexual Violence Bystander Training for Student-Athletes: Leveraging Coaches as Key Influencers

Bystander training is a promising strategy to decrease rates of sexual violence. Given that student-athletes are often highly visible and respected members of the campus community and beyond, they reflect a key group of potential bystanders. However, to date there is a lack of research on optimal ways to engage coaches and athletes in sustainable sexual violence bystander prevention efforts. This study filled this gap through its examination of the efficacy of an innovative bystander prevention program in which coaches were co-facilitators.