ABSTRACT

Within the various contexts of social work practice, we find ourselves seeking to address the impact of exposure to interpersonal violence on the human development and social functioning of our clients (Danis, 2003; Humphreys & Thiara, 2003). The negative impact of rape and sexual assault on college students led to a 1992 amendment to the Student’s Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990. This amendment, the Campus Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights, requires institutions of higher education to make public data on sexual assaults and other crimes that occur on their campuses and to provide victim support services (Fisher, Cullen, & Turner, 2000). In response to legislation such as the Campus Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights, many of the nation’s colleges are combating interpersonal violence on their campuses with psycho-educational prevention and victim counseling programs (Black, Weisz, Coats, & Patterson, 2000; Hinck & Thomas, 1999). A common concern voiced about these programs is the lack of theoretically and methodologically sound measures of rape attitudes that can be used to assess the effects of these programs (Payne, Lonsway, & Fitzgerald, 1999). It is essential that as social workers be-

come involved with the development and implementation of sexual assault prevention programs, we have the means to measure their impact on the sexual attitudes and beliefs of program participants.