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Dissertation

Victim Blaming among Undergraduate Students toward Male Adult Sexual Assault Survivors

19 April 2019

Abstract

Men who have been sexually assaulted as adults face myriad challenges such as victim blaming, lack of community resources, lack of social supports, and fears related to disclosing their assault. Educating undergraduate students about men and masculinity and the supports available to them is the first step to increasing awareness and reducing victim blaming. Surveys were given to undergraduate students at a private university before and after an event that involved watching a documentary on men and masculinity and then participating in a discussion panel. There was no significant decrease in victim blaming, acceptance of male rape myths, or adherence to strict gender roles from pretest to posttest. More participants and mixed method studies would shed more light on effective ways to spread knowledge and create change.


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