Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 19, Issue 5, pp 279-289

First online:

Risk Factors for Male Sexual Aggression on College Campuses

  • Joetta L. CarrAffiliated withUniversity Counseling and Testing Center, Western Michigan University
  • , Karen M. VanDeusenAffiliated withSchool of Social Work, Western Michigan University

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Risk factors for college male sexual aggression that were both theoretically and empirically based were tested using multivariate regression analyses. These included substance abuse patterns, pornography consumption, negative gender-based attitudes, and child sexual abuse experiences. Regression analyses indicated that some gender attitudes, pornography use, and alcohol abuse were significant predictors of perpetration of sexual violence. Although a number of men were sexually abused as children, this risk factor did not predict sexual aggression as an adult. Many men reported alcohol-related sexual coercion and held many rape-supportive attitudes and beliefs. These practices by college men contribute to the prorape cultures found on many campuses. Strategies are needed to identify and intervene with high-risk men to prevent sexual victimization of women in college.

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