It’s her fault: Student acceptance of rape myths on two college campuses.

This research sought to examine the correlation between gender, college/University enrollment, and drinking behaviors, on rape myth acceptance.

Summary: This study was conducted at a community college and a University that were located in the same Midwestern city.  263 students participated with the majority (84%) of the students attending the University.  60% of the participants were female, 39% were males, and 1% did not specify a gender.  The majority (58.7%) of the participants reported drinking alcohol at least one to three times a week.  Among those who reported drinking, many also reported engaging in binge drinking, highlighting the need for alcohol education and prevention programs that work in conjunction with rape education programs on college and University campuses.  The study also found that students  who identified as male and  who self-reported heavy drinking were more likely to accept rape myths, which contribute to rape culture.  There was no difference in rape myth acceptance between those who attended the community college and those who attended the University.  Therefore, tandem alcohol and rape prevention programs at both the community colleges and  and Universities may be effective.   

Application/Evaluation: The study did not evaluate the effectiveness of a health program or strategy.

Limitations: The study was conducted in one Midwestern city. Replication in other geographical locations is needed to increase the  generalizability of the study findings.  

Hayes, R., Abbot, R., & Cook, S.
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Violence Against Women
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