2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

Self-Assertion: An Essential Skill
Christine M. Heise* and Sarah K. Walkley
Dr. Albert Weitz, Faculty Mentor

Self-assertion is a key element that many women lack in situations of male sexual aggression. Dr. Albert Weitz, author of the Date Rape Prevention website at Truman State University, recently conducted research with the assistance of two student workers on the subject by formulating six student focus groups and asking questions concerning sexual tendencies amongst men and women. Results indicated a predominant need for self-assertiveness by females. The goal of this presentation is to review outcomes of the previously described research study and educate the public on the need to be assertive about ones own rights by outlining definitions and common myths concerning the subject, and discussing reasons as well as applicable behavioral practices pertaining to self-assertiveness. The presentation will conclude with an exercise involving audience participation to proactively raise awareness and provide skill development regarding the importance of self-assertion as a preventative measure against sexual assault in dating situations.

Keywords: Self-assertiveness, prevention, date-rape, women

Topic(s):Communication
Women's and Gender Studies

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 27-3
Location: VH 1320
Time: 10:00

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