Teen girls report less sexual victimization after virtual reality assertiveness training

Lorelei Simpson

Teen girls report less sexual victimization after virtual reality assertiveness training

Simpson Rowe, SMU, victimization, sexual coercion, virtual reality, Jouriles, McDonaldTeen girls were less likely to report being sexually victimized after learning to assertively resist unwanted sexual overtures and practicing resistance in a realistic virtual environment, finds a new study. The effects persisted over a three-month period following the training, said clinical psychologist Lorelei Simpson Rowe, lead author on the pilot study from Southern Methodist University, Dallas.

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Mad? Sad? Glad? People with severe mental illness can’t easily “read” their partner’s feelings; but there may be help

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Practicing assertiveness skills on virtual-reality “dates” may help women prevent sexual victimization

avatar-06-web.jpgWomen can choose from four avatars when using SMU's virtual reality technology to learn skills for resisting sexual coercion and rape.In a program at Southern Methodist University, young women are using virtual reality to practice how to recognize and resist unwanted sexual advances in the real world.