This is a quantitative study exploring how to most effectively engage college men in sexual assault prevention on campuses nationwide. This first-of-its kind quantitative report is a follow-up to our previous research findings, and takes a broader look at how men on college campuses view sex, healthy relationships and their role in preventing campus sexual assault.
🔑 Consent: Even if men receive consent trainings, it does not prepare them to identify and intervene in potentially harmful situations or unhealthy relationships before they become violent. Only 34% of men surveyed reported receiving formal training on consent while in college.
🔑 Awareness: Only about a quarter (24%) of men learned about dating, sex, and relationships in their K-12 education. It is important to establish a baseline understanding about sex and relationships by starting with the basics and providing comprehensive and inclusive sexual health education for all students when they arrive on campus. Men of color and LGBTQ+ identifying men were more likely to accurately identify unhealthy or abusive relationship behaviors.
🔑 Trust in Institutions: Campus faculty, staff, and administrators need to build and maintain trust with their student populations about sexual assault prevention and response efforts.
🔑 Desire to Learn: A majority of men believe they should protect others from verbal or physical harm, but very few have the knowledge and skills to do so.