Fraternity and sorority members are overrepresented as perpetrators and victims of sexual assault, respectively. The current study examined rape myth acceptance, bystander attitudes, and bystander efficacy across four groups: sorority women, fraternity men, non-affiliated women, and non-affiliated men. Data were collected from 912 college undergraduates. Greek affiliated students were more accepting of rape myths than non-affiliated students. There were no differences in bystander attitudes based on Greek affiliation; however, Greek affiliated students did report significantly lower bystander efficacy than non-affiliated students. Sorority women and fraternity men reported no differences in their acceptance of rape myths or bystander efficacy; however, sorority women did report higher bystander attitudes than fraternity men. Based on the findings, it is recommended that prevention practitioners work to change norms within fraternities and sororities to promote a social identity that is associated with gender equality and a willingness, perhaps even an obligation, to intervene in risky situations.Faculty Sponsor: Amber Paulk; Andrea Hunt; Yaschica Williams; Ryan Zayac
Pettit, Mark E.; Paulk, Amber; Hunt, Andrea; and Williams, Yaschica
"Rape Myth Acceptance and Willingness to Intervene: A Comparison of Greek-Affiliated and Non-Affiliated College Students by Gender,"
International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities: Vol. 9:
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