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The Crisis of Campus Sexual Violence
Critical Perspectives on Prevention and Response

ISBN 9781138849419
Published August 18, 2015 by Routledge
216 Pages

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Book Description

Although awareness of campus sexual assault is at a historic high, institutional responses to incidents of sexual violence remain widely varied. In this volume, a diverse mix of expert contributors provide a critical, nuanced, and timely examination of some of the factors that inhibit effective prevention and response in higher education. Chapter authors take on one of the most troubling aspects of higher education today, bridging theory and practice to offer programmatic interventions and solutions to help institutions address their own competing interests and institutional culture to improve their practices and policies with regard to sexual violence. The Crisis of Campus Sexual Violence provides higher education scholars, administrators, and practitioners with a necessary and more holistic understanding of the challenges that colleges and universities face in implementing adequate and effective sexual assault prevention and response practices.


Table of Contents



Caroline S. Turner


  1. Introduction
  2. Sara Carrigan Wooten & Roland W. Mitchell

    Part I. Constructions of Sexual Violence in Higher Education

  3. A Policy Discourse Analysis of Sexual Assault Policies in Higher Education
  4. Susan Iverson

  5. Heterosexist Discourses: How Feminist Theory Shaped Campus Sexual Violence Policy
  6. Sara Carrigan Wooten

    Part II. Power and Reputation in Institutional Decision Making 

  7. Combating Sexual Violence in the Ivy League: Reflections on Politics, Pain, and Progress
  8. – Susan Marine

  9. Athletes, Sexual Assault, and Universities’ Failure to Address Rape Prone Subcultures on Campus
  10. – Todd Crosset

    Part III. Federal Policy and Institutional Compliance

  11. Looking Beyond the Numbers: Understanding the Jeanne Clery Act and Sexual Violence
  12. Alison Kiss & Kiersten N. Feeney

  13. Complying with Title IX By Unifying all Civil Rights-Based Policies and Procedures
  14. Brett A. Sokolow, Saundra K. Schuster, W. Scott Lewis, & Daniel C. Swinton

  15. Title IX’s Civil Rights Approach & The Criminal Justice System: Enabling Separate but Coordinated Parallel Proceedings
  16. Nancy Chi Cantalupo

    Part IV. The Possibilities of Programmatic Solutions

  17. Comprehensive College-or University-based Sexual Violence Prevention & Direct Services Program: A Framework
  18. Traci Thomas-Card & Katie Eichele

  19. Mandatory Bystander Intervention Training: Is the SaVE Act Requirement the "Right" Program to Reduce Violence Among College Students?

Caitlin B. Henriksen, Kelsey L. Mattick, & Bonnie S. Fisher

Afterword: Questioning the scripts of sexual misconduct

Rebecca Ropers-Huilman, Kaaren Williamsen, & Garrett Hoffman

Contributor Biographies


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Sara Carrigan Wooten is a Doctoral Candidate in Educational Leadership and Research at Louisiana State University.

Roland W. Mitchell is the Joe Ellen Levy Yates Endowed Professor and Interim Associate Dean for Research Engagement and Graduate Studies in the College of Human Sciences and Education at Louisiana State University.


A Top 25 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title of 2016

"The Crisis of Campus Sexual Violence is a comprehensive, informative analysis of an urgent, seemingly intractable problem on a broad range of U.S. colleges and universities. Wooten and Mitchell's groundbreaking anthology makes a major contribution to the scholarship on combating and preventing sexual violence in the American academy.  A must-read for campuses committed to eliminating this disturbing crisis and engaging in lasting institutional change."

--Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Founding Director of the Women's Research and Resource Center and Anna Julia Professor of Women's Studies, Spelman College, USA

"I want to commend the editors and chapter contributors of this extremely important and groundbreaking work. [They] engage the reader in a much-needed, vital interrogation of higher education with a focus on the transformation of campuses as spaces where sexual violence is not accepted as inevitable… I am impressed by the breadth and depth of this book which not only provides nuanced perspectives on the crisis of campus sexual violence, but also provides voice for many silenced in the past and support to those who are currently silenced."

--From the foreword by Caroline S. Turner, Immediate Past President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Professor, and Graduate Coordinator for the Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program, California State University, Sacramento