Sex Roles

, Volume 36, Issue 3, pp 259–268

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


  • John D. Foubert
    • Department of Resident LifeUniversity of Maryland, College Park
  • Kenneth A. Marriott
    • Johns Hopkins University
Brief Report

DOI: 10.1007/BF02766271

Cite this article as:
Foubert, J.D. & Marriott, K.A. Sex Roles (1997) 36: 259. doi:10.1007/BF02766271


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.

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