Brief Report

Sex Roles

, Volume 36, Issue 3, pp 259-268

First online:

Effects of a sexual assault peer education program on men’s belief in rape myths

  • John D. FoubertAffiliated withDepartment of Resident Life, University of Maryland, College Park
  • , Kenneth A. MarriottAffiliated withJohns Hopkins University

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An all-male sexual assault peer education program focusing on how to help a survivor led to a decrease in rape myth belief among predominantly Caucasian participants immediately after and two months following a one hour program. Program participants believed fewer rape myths than the initial testing of a control group. In addition, a clear majority of participants reported a decreased likelihood of being sexually coercive as a result of attending the program. A new method of decreasing men’s rape myth acceptance by learning how to help a survivor is supported.