We hear news about sexual misconduct almost every day. It is a growing concern and is seen all environments. In colleges, the number of sexual violence cases is more than any other crime. So, to determine dispositional and situational factors that may foretell the likelihood of college men committing sexual misconduct, a study was conducted by Rush University and Binghamton University. According to the study conducted in response to the growing concern of sexual victimization of women by men, men confuse sexual interest with consent, even when the girl has verbally refused.
A total of 145 heterosexual male students from the US were part of the study, which exposed the students to different hypothetical sexual situations. It was found that sexual interest was confused with consent to get intimate by most men. Also, the perception of consent dependent on situational factors. Richard Mattson, associate professor at the Binghamton University, said, “We found that the way in which the woman communicated her sexual intentions, that is verbal refusal versus passive responding, had the largest effect of men’s perceptions.” Precedence effect, which means men considered occurrences of intimacy in the past as consent for sex in the future, was also observed in the study. It was seen even when the woman refused directly.
It was also noted that when a woman communicates her sexual intentions ambiguously, the belief in rape myths like ‘a girl’s no means yes’ becomes stronger. The study also found that some men tried to determine whether the woman has given a consent but depended on a sexual script when the situation was disambiguous. The risk of sexual misconduct in a college setting increases due to alcohol consumption and decreased parental supervision. According to Mattson, the students are affected by the college experience. So, it also the best time to inform young females and males about sexual behavior.