Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 19, Issue 5, pp 279–289

Risk Factors for Male Sexual Aggression on College Campuses

  • Joetta L. Carr
  • Karen M. VanDeusen

DOI: 10.1023/B:JOFV.0000042078.55308.4d

Cite this article as:
Carr, J.L. & VanDeusen, K.M. Journal of Family Violence (2004) 19: 279. doi:10.1023/B:JOFV.0000042078.55308.4d


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.

risk factors male perpetration college rape 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joetta L. Carr
    • 1
  • Karen M. VanDeusen
    • 2
  1. 1.University Counseling and Testing CenterWestern Michigan UniversityKalamazooMichigan
  2. 2.School of Social WorkWestern Michigan UniversityMichigan

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