Comprehension of Sexual Consent as a Key Factor in the Perpetration of Sexual Aggression Among College Men

Peter Warren, Suzanne Swan, Christopher T. Allen
2015 Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma  
The comprehension of sexual consent is a crucial factor in healthy sexual relationships. This study examined the connection between the understanding of sexual consent and perpetration of sexual aggression. We surveyed 217 heterosexual male college students (M age = 20.9 years) using measures of sexual aggression, comprehension of sexual consent, rape myth acceptance, conformity to masculine norms, peer support of abuse, and attachment to abusive peers. We tested models examining factors
more » ... ning factors related to comprehension of consent and the extent to which comprehension of consent was related to perpetration of sexual aggression. Rape myth acceptance, peer support of abuse, and conformity to masculine norms were found to predict comprehension of consent, which mediated the relationship between the social and cognitive variables and sexual aggression. Sexual assault, defined as any kind of nonconsensual sexual activity, is a pervasive problem for women during their college years. The Sexual
doi:10.1080/10926771.2015.1070232 fatcat:jcfcj47dszfy3dyda5ytk7asey