It’s Her Fault: Student Acceptance of Rape Myths On Two College Campuses

Rebecca M. Hayes, Rebecca L. Abbott, Savannah Cook

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The present study examined factors that are associated with an individual’s adherence to rape myths at two colleges located in the same town. Particularly, we examined sex, race, and participants’ drinking behavior in relation to rape myth acceptance. We found that males and heavy drinkers are more likely than females and non/low drinkers to adhere to rape myths. An interaction between males and drinking was also found indicating a moderated effect of gender on rape myth acceptance. In addition, the college with sexual assault programming did not experience a lowered acceptance of rape myths compared with the college with no programming.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1540-1555
Number of pages16
JournalViolence Against Woman
Issue number13
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016


  • college students
  • rape culture
  • rape myths
  • sexual assault
  • victim blaming


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