Military Sexual Assault Prevention Training: Evaluation of the Experimental Leadership Challenge Module
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This study evaluated a new sexual assault prevention-training module, the Experimental Leadership Challenge (ELC), designed primarily for officers in training at Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) programs. Students who experienced the ELC module gave it significantly higher effectiveness scores than scores given to other programs experienced by students who did not take the ELC module. Of the most commonly used trainings, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Training and Sexual Harassment/Assault and Response (SHARP) Training actually received the lowest effectiveness scores. Although short-term impact scores and commitment scores did not differ significantly between the ELC module and other trainings, students rated the ELC module as having a greater effect on their commitment towards addressing the problem of sexual assault than those who had other trainings. ROTC Commanders should consider supplementing existing programs with approaches mentioned by officers in training as particularly effective to improve and diversify the current mandatory training.