Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Departmental Honors




The body of sexual assault research historically focuses on survivors, specifically female survivors. Examining male perpetrators is an important gap in the literature. Research demonstrates that men often misperceive the sexual willingness of female partners. Additionally, men predominantly react with guilt, shame, and depression when accused of sexual assault (Brennan, Swartout, Cook, & Parrot, 2018). The current study examined men’s perceptions of non-consensual dating advice as provided by a best-selling men’s dating book. We found several factors that related to higher endorsement of the non-consensual tactics, including past or present involvement in a fraternity, knowing a sexual assault perpetrator, living in an Urban area, affiliating with a religion, viewing pornography “a great deal,” being married, and identifying as a sexual minority. Implications and discussion on greater representation in research for sexual minorities are discussed.

Included in

Psychology Commons



Faculty Mentor

Kathryn Sperry