We are excited to share the latest developments in our research, aimed at addressing the pressing issue of non-consensual dissemination of intimate images (NCII), a form of cyber-sexual violence. Our project seeks to establish a validated measurement tool for NCII and identify shared risk and protective factors across online and in-person sexual violence.
We have assembled an expert panel to provide valuable insights into the development of our measurement tool, ensuring its accuracy and effectiveness. Additionally, through active engagement, we successfully advocated for the inclusion of our scale in the gold standard campus climate survey, which will help standardize the measurement of online sexual violence victimization on U.S. college campuses. We are very excited about this development and hope to speed up our data collection process in order to incorporate the scale in the upcoming implementation of campus climate surveys.
Following data collection and analysis, we will refine our NCII measurement tool, understanding its latent structure and establishing construct validity. We will investigate shared risk and protective factors across modes of perpetration, shedding light on the connection between online and in-person sexual violence. Our goal is to promote this measurement tool to policy makers and researchers, ensuring that it reaches a broader audience to drive change in addressing cyber-sexual violence.
This research is crucial in making our campuses safer for all students, both online and in person. As online education and hybrid programs become more prevalent, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, understanding and preventing NCII is of utmost importance. We are excited to share that we have been accepted to present at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators' conference in the spring, where we will highlight the diverse experiences of violence among different student groups. This conference will be a great opportunity to raise awareness about the lethality of online sexual violence and help college administrators combat this new form of gender-based violence.
We look forward to providing further updates as our research progresses. Thank you for your support in our mission to combat cyber-sexual violence and create safer environments for students.