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Facing Campus Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence With Courage

A Guide for Institutions and Clinicians on Prevention, Support, and Healing

Edited by Helen W. Wilson, Ph.D., and Christina T. Khan M.D., Ph.D.

  • 2023
  • 282 Pages
  • ISBN 978-1-61537-443-4
  • Item #37443

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Although precise figures are difficult to ascertain, surveys suggest that approximately 20%–25% of female-identified and 5%–10% of male-identified college students experience sexual assault, and 10% of all students experience psychological or physical abuse by an intimate partner. Among trans, nonbinary, and other gender-expansive students, rates are even higher.

With consequences that can include emotional distress, difficulty concentrating and focusing on academic work, mood changes, excessive substance use, and self-harming behaviors, it's clear that sexual assault and intimate partner violence are issues that require an emergent response.

Leveraging knowledge from psychiatry, college mental health, and higher education, Facing Campus Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence With Courage offers a holistic approach to preventing, addressing, and mitigating the effects of campus sexual and relationship violence.

This guide combines the latest science with real-world knowledge and practical application in four sections that examine:

  • Prevention strategies from early childhood to middle and high school and on through the collegiate and graduate level, including how to establish a foundation for consensual, nonviolent relationships
  • Systems of response and care, from institutional responses, including Title IX policy, to models of trauma-informed campus care
  • Clinical interventions for survivors of campus sexual violence—with a special chapter focused on graduate students—as well as perpetrators
  • Support for students from marginalized communities, including queer and gender-expansive students and students of color

The book also offers a frank assessment of the power imbalances and systems of oppression—White supremacy, racism, patriarchy, homophobia, and transphobia among them—that underpin sexual and relationship violence. In doing so, it provides a pathway for institutions of higher education and mental health professionals alike to dismantle these systems of institutionalized oppression that are all too common in higher education in the United States.


  • Positioning the Authors
  • Introduction
  • Part I: Prevention
  • Chapter 1. It's Never Too Early, It's Never Too Late: Fostering Sexual Citizenship in Humans of All Ages
  • Chapter 2. Prevention in Primary Education: Effective School-Based Interventions for Middle and High School Students
  • Chapter 3. Prevention at the University Level: Effective Interventions for College and Graduate Students
  • Part II: Systems of Response and Care
  • Chapter 4. Navigating Through Institutional Responses Following Sexual Violence
  • Chapter 5. Trauma-Informed Campus Care
  • Part III: Clinical Intervention
  • Chapter 6. State of the Evidence for Treatment of Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault
  • Chapter 7. Unique Considerations for Graduate Students
  • Chapter 8. Effective Interventions for Perpetrators
  • Part IV: Embracing Student Differences and Cultural Wealth
  • Chapter 9. Queer Communities and Patriarchal Violence: Healing Through Interpersonal, Cultural, and Systemic Work
  • Chapter 10. Trans and Gender-Expansive Students' Experience: Rethinking Gender-Based Violence
  • Chapter 11. Centering the Cultural Wealth of Survivors of Color in Healing and Support
  • Chapter 12. Culturally Specific Approaches to Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence Prevention and Response
  • Chapter 13. Conclusion
  • Index


    Amy Alexander, M.D.
    Pierre R . Berastain, M.Div.
    Jackson Tay Bosley, Psy.D.
    Vanika Chawla, M.D.
    Katrina Debnam, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Courtney Dwyer, M.A.
    Carley J. Flanery, M.P.H, MSW
    Marissa Floro, Ph.D.
    Grace Poon Ghaffari, M.A.
    Angela Esquivel Hawkins, M.A.
    Christina T. Khan, M.D., Ph.D.
    Raina V. Lamade, Ph.D.
    Stacy L. Lin, Ph.D.
    Samantha Ludin, Ph.D., M.Ed.
    Melissa Murphy-Pucillo, LCSW, M.P.H.
    Rose Poyau, LMHC
    Elliot Ruggles, LICSW, Ph.D.
    Deb Schneider, LCSW, PPSC
    Lauren Schoenthaler, J.D.
    Tolulope A. Taiwo, M.S.
    Allison L. Thompson, Ph.D.
    Helen W. Wilson, Ph.D.
    Stephanie N. Wong, Ph.D.

About the Authors

Helen W. Wilson, Ph.D. (she/her) is a clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine and was the founding director of the Stanford Confidential Support Team, a campus service devoted to supporting students affected by sexual and relationship violence. She is a clinical psychologist dedicated to addressing the lifespan effects of violence through clinical service, education, and research and to dismantling systems of oppression through this work.

Christina T. Khan, M.D., Ph.D. (she/her/ella) is a pediatric and adult psychiatrist and clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. She founded and directs THRIVE, the mental health division of Stanford's LGBTQ+ Health Program, which approaches wholistic wellness from a minority stress and anti-oppression framework. She currently serves as president of the Association of Women Psychiatrists and is committed to advancing gender equity across the life span.

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