Presents a study which assessed the influence of both situational factors and individual differences on college men's perceptions of acquaintance and date rape scenarios. Factors which influenced men's definition of a situation as rape and their perceptions of perpetrator and victim accountability; Consideration of token resistance and male entitlement explanations in the interpretation of the findings
Violence Against Women
The author claims that date and acquaintance rape is a pervasive problem on college campuses. In this paper, the influence of situational factors and individual differences on college men's perceptions of acquaintance and date rape scenarios were investigated. Onset of refusal and duration of relationship factors influenced men's perceptions of victim and perpetrator accountability as well as their likelihood to label a situation rape. Differences were also found between perceptions of men who self-reported engaging in sexually aggressive behaviors and men who did not. Both token resistance and male entitlement explanations were taken into account while explaining these findings.
Avoidance/Resistance, College, Male-Female Relations