Sexual Violence on Campus: Power-Conscious Approaches to Awareness, Prevention, and Response

Chris Linder
University of Georgia, USA

Product Details
21 May 2018
Emerald Publishing Limited
184 pages - 129 x 198mm
Great Debates in Higher Education


Activists have been working to call attention to the problem of campus sexual violence for decades, and in recent years, policymakers, campus administrators, and researchers have begun to make serious efforts to address this issue. Despite this increase in attention, many campus leaders still struggle to effectively address campus sexual violence, often over-relying on policy to address sexual violence after it happens, rather than working to prevent it from occurring in the first place. Moreover, rates of sexual victimization on college campuses have not changed in 60 years, highlighting the need for a change in action, training and behaviour. 

The root of sexual violence is power oppression, yet most policies and practices are based on identity- and power-neutral perspectives. Well-intended prevention efforts frequently focus on teaching potential victims how not to get raped, rather than teaching potential perpetrators not to rape. Further, most policies, practices, and research focus on only one type of victim of sexual violence: a white cisgender heterosexual college woman. 

Strategies that fail to account for the ways sexual violence and power intersect cannot deliver effective solutions. Based on a wide-ranging review of research, combined with her 10 years’ of experience as an educator and co-ordinator of services for survivors of campus sexual violence, Chris Linder advances a power-conscious lens to challenge student activists, administrators, educators, and policy makers to develop more nuanced approaches to sexual violence awareness, response, and prevention on college campuses.

Chapter 1. Developing a Power-Conscious Framework for Understanding and Addressing Sexual Violence 
Chapter 2. Awareness of Sexual Violence 
Chapter 3. Responding to Campus Sexual Violence 
Chapter 4. Prevention of Campus Sexual Violence  
Chapter 5. Strategies for Effectively Addressing Sexual Violence through a Power-Conscious Lens
Chris Linder is Associate Professor of College Student Affairs Administration at the University of Georgia, USA. Prior to becoming faculty, she worked as a student affairs educator and administrator for 10 years, spending the majority of her career as Director of a campus-based women’s center, supporting survivors of sexual violence. Her research interests include creating and maintaining equitable campus environments, specifically focusing on race and gender. She is the co-editor of Intersections of Identity and Sexual Violence on Campus (2017). 

I am excited that a book like this one exists and have referred to it countless times while speaking with student survivor-activists and colleagues... It will serve as a North Star to those addressing sexual violence on college campuses. - Jess Myers, Director, Women's Center University of Maryland Baltimore County

As a woman of color and practitioner in this field, I cannot stress enough how timely and validating it is to read this work. You know that conversation people of color are always telling white people to have with each other so we don’t have to burden ourselves with it? This is that conversation. - Wanda Swan, Director, Respect Program, Emory University, USA

Linder skillfully interrogates how common forms of power function to incubate sexual violence, how history has forged these toxic matrices, and how insidious the benefits many of us derive from them have been. She then thoughtfully guides us to the critically conscious change work ahead. - Susan Marine, Associate Professor and Program Director, Higher Education Program, Merrimack College, USA

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