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SCREAM-ing to Prevent Violence Overview

In 2010, Drs. Sarah McMahon (PI) and Judy L. Postmus (Co-PI) at the Center on Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) at Rutgers University, School of Social Work received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct an extensive evaluation of the effectiveness of the SCREAMing to Prevent Violence curriculum.  The SCREAM program [SM1] is a peer education program that uses theater to addresses attitudes and behaviors related to campus sexual assault and encourages prosocial bystander intervention.

  • To read an executive summary of research findings, click here.
  • To listen to a podcast of an interview with Dr. Sarah McMahon conducted by PreventConnect about the research findings, click here

Based on the research findings, a manual was also developed to guide university and college administrators when considering using peer education and specifically the SCREAM program to prevent violence on their campuses. This manual provides an overview of the SCREAMing to Prevent Violence (STPV) © curriculum developed by Rutgers Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA). 

  • To download the complete manual, click here
  • SCREAM Theater©, SCREAM Athletes©, and SCREAMing to Prevent Violence© were created by staff from the VPVA and can be purchased for a reasonable fee. For more information about the full curricula along with detailed support to implement these programs on your campus, please contact VPVA (http://vpva.rutgers.edu). Any questions about this study should be directed to vawc@ssw.rutgers.edu

This research was supported by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to the Center on Violence Against Women and Children at Rutgers University, School of Social Work (grant number: 5R01CE001855-03). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC.

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