May 31, 2015 9:32 PM
UNH receives a grant to develop an interactive game to educate students on sexual assault prevention
DURHAM – The University of New Hampshire was awarded a grant for $579,301 from the National Institute of Justice to create a video game aimed at educating college students on sexual assault prevention.
The university is using the half million dollars to create an interactive video game that can be played online and on smartphones and will include depictions of real life college parties to educate people on the power of bystanders' actions.
Sharyn Potter, the leader of the video game project, said, “We've found that if the scenario doesn't look like a party they would go to on a Saturday night, the intervention is not effective.”
The project, to target college-aged males, will be based off the university's “Know Your Power” Bystander Social Marketing Campaign that generates conversations about rape prevention across the Durham campus.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, the grant's objective is to deliver a prevention strategy through an online application because it is a format college students are familiar with and use daily.
The Washington Free Beacon reports that the project is in its infancy as the grant award was recently finalized.