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Inviting men to the conversation: Exploring fraternity men's experience with sexual assault education
Alford, Chandler R.
Crimes of sexual assault remain a prevalent problem within American culture, more specifically on the college campus. The college campus fosters environments where assault is likely to occur. This has led to a need for the implementation of education and training programming to prevent assault. Previous research on sexual assault references cultural scripts for initiating sex and how proper gender roles in sexual interactions influence incidences of assault. Additionally, many studies have explored why sexual assault is occurring, what factors are likely to influence such behaviors in people, and the effectiveness of current prevention and education programming. However, there is a minimal amount of research concerning sexual assault education programming specifically geared toward men. This may be due to the fact that there are limited programs marketed toward men. This study employs interviews to explore the experiences of fraternity men in a sexual education course at San Diego State University. These interviews shed light on how men in fraternities discursively construct their own experiences and how they discuss issues of assault with one another in the classroom setting. Ultimately, I found three different stages of this process, Before FratMANners, the Classroom Culture, and New Outlooks, each stage contained multiple frames employed by the men to construct their overall experiences with the course and this new content.
Professional Studies and Fine Arts
Master Of Arts (M.A.) San Diego State University, 2017
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