Sexual Assault Resistance Education Centre

About the Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act (EAAA) Sexual Assault Resistance Education Program

EAAA has been listed as a 'Promising Program' by Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development.

The EAAA sexual assault resistance education program is a 12 hour small-group, empirically based intervention designed specifically for 1st year university women. The EAAA program is based on theory, research evidence, and best practices for helping women resist acquaintance sexual assault. With funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Ontario Women's Health Council, the program was developed, revised, and pilot tested by Dr. Charlene Senn at the University of Windsor over a ten-year period.

As many as one in four young women will experience attempted or completed rape before graduating from university. Some survivors of sexual assault drop out or change schools, many suffer loss of confidence, depression and/or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other negative impacts.

The EAAA program is the only program available that has been evaluated in a clinical trial and shown to significantly reduce the incidence of rape and other forms of sexual assault for at least one year. It is one critical piece of a comprehensive strategy to address the high incidence of rape and other forms of sexual violence on our campuses.

Unit 4 of the EAAA program, Relationships and Sexuality, was based primarily on the Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education Program (OWL), Goldfarb and Casparian (2000) and Kimball (2000). Boston, MA: Unitarian Universalist Association

The SARE Centre

The SARE Centre is a non-profit organization founded by Dr. Charlene Senn to offer training and support in the administration and delivery of the EAAA sexual assault resistance program. Our goal is to make the EAAA program widely available at post-secondary institutions across North America. The SARE Centre offers training through our EAAA Train the Trainer workshops. Graduates of these workshops (Campus/Community Trainers) are qualified to train and supervise EAAA Facilitators who deliver the EAAA program to young women on their campuses or in their communities.