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Sexual Violence Prevention Project

Co-Principal Investigator: Janis Whitlock
Co-Principal Investigator: Leah Wentworth
Co-Investigator: Jane Powers
Director of Field Work: Mary Maley

The New York State Department of Health and Cornell University are partnering on a research grant funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The purpose of the grant is to evaluate Brothers as Allies, a program that is part of the Boys Council curricula developed by the One Circle Foundation. This quasi-experimental study is underway now in Western NY, with plans to enroll over 700 boys in intervention and control sites. We expect that the Brothers as Allies program will increase how comfortable boys feel with themselves and other people, and that this will, in turn, lead to less sexual harassment and abuse. Our hope is that the program will be shown to be effective, and that many other boys will be able to participate in the future.