Submission Title

Alcohol, Attire, and a Bed: Rape Myths and Perceptions of Sexual Assault on a Private College Campus

Presenter Information

Allyson Wilson, Gonzaga University

Session Number

RS4

Location

Weyerhaeuser 305

Abstract Number

RS4-d

Abstract

Sexual assault and rape are a reoccurring issue on college campuses today. Gonzaga is no exception. Gonzaga students are asking for more attention on these problems and for the university to accept responsibility for the absence of conversation. I am asking Gonzaga students their perceptions about sexual assault on campus and their views of how the university addresses these issues. Do Gonzaga students rely on rape myths to predict their opinions of sexual assault? A random sample of Gonzaga students will be taken to assess perceptions of sexual assault and rape. Questions will include a student’s own perception of their safety on and off campus at different parts of the day and if they believe certain rape myths. I anticipate that Gonzaga students do rely on rape myths to predict sexual assault and students do not have an accurate understanding Gonzaga’s relationship with sexual assault.

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Alcohol, Attire, and a Bed: Rape Myths and Perceptions of Sexual Assault on a Private College Campus

Weyerhaeuser 305

Sexual assault and rape are a reoccurring issue on college campuses today. Gonzaga is no exception. Gonzaga students are asking for more attention on these problems and for the university to accept responsibility for the absence of conversation. I am asking Gonzaga students their perceptions about sexual assault on campus and their views of how the university addresses these issues. Do Gonzaga students rely on rape myths to predict their opinions of sexual assault? A random sample of Gonzaga students will be taken to assess perceptions of sexual assault and rape. Questions will include a student’s own perception of their safety on and off campus at different parts of the day and if they believe certain rape myths. I anticipate that Gonzaga students do rely on rape myths to predict sexual assault and students do not have an accurate understanding Gonzaga’s relationship with sexual assault.