StudentPerceptions of Sexual Assault Resources and Prevalence of Rape MythAttitudes
RebeccaHayes-Smith and Lora Levett wrote the article, StudentPerceptions of Sexual Assault Resources and Prevalence of Rape MythAttitudes,which seeks to find out whether sexual assault resources areavailable to college students and if they have any impact on theattitudes of students. The authors begin by acknowledging the factthat sexual assaults in campus are rampant. The authors alsoacknowledge the existence of an Act that gives guidelines regardingthe information that should be available to students. However,research shows that information available regarding sexual assaultsvaries from one institution to another. Students with limited accessto these resources resort to going online to find relatedinformation. Institutions without adequate resources in the librariesprovide the necessary resources for students to access thisinformation online.
Moreover,the article talks about SexualAssault Programming and Deprogramming.Here, the authors discuss the prevalence of rape and the impact ofrape myths in college. The authors note that men are more likely tovalidate rape myths than women are. However, this could be anindication of one’s inclination towards committing a sexualassault. Studies show that acceptance of rape myths among men ispositively correlated to their individual sexual aggression. Again,potential victims of rape who believe in rape myths make it hard tostop the culture of sexual violence among college students. On asimilar note, rape myths may result in a victim blaming herself forthe occurrence of the assault.
Theauthors also note that most reported sexual assaults are fueled byalcohol intake, particularly during parties. Furthermore, a greaterproportion of victims is assaulted by close acquaintances thanstrangers. The findings from the study indicate that students mayfail to obtain sexual assault resources despite their availability oncampus. If they reported access to the information, they may notreport all its contents. In addition, knowledge on the availabilityof resources was not prove of lowered beliefs of rape myths. Thestudents offered suggestions on ways through which colleges couldcirculate information regarding sexual assaults, especially throughthe internet using social networking sites to help them acquire andaccept beliefs that are true about sexual assault.
Hayes-Smith,R. M., & Levett, L. M. (2010). Student perceptions of sexualassault resources and
prevalenceof rape myth attitudes. FeministCriminology, 5(4),335-354.