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

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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.

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Foubert, J.D., Marriott, K.A. Effects of a sexual assault peer education program on men’s belief in rape myths. Sex Roles 36, 259–268 (1997). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02766271

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Keywords

  • Rape Myth
  • Rape Myth Acceptance
  • Sexual Assault Prevention
  • Sexual Assault Survivor
  • Acquaintance Rape