CASA Student Views

What do the data tell us?

MIT students rated their level of agreement with statements about sexual assault that are generally false, but considered widely held. This included statements such as "A person who is sexually assaulted or raped while she or he is drunk is at least somewhat responsible for putting themselves in that position." While the majority of respondents did not agree with these statements, both undergraduate and graduate male respondents were more likely than female respondents to agree.

When asked if they thought their peers would agree or disagree with these statements, both male and female respondents indicated their male counterparts would agree with the statements. For example, 7 out of 10 undergraduate female respondents thought that their male counterparts would agree with the statement "When someone is raped or sexually assaulted, it's often because the way they said 'no' was unclear or there was some miscommunication.“

What are we doing in this area?

MIT staff and students have been developing educational messages and a social marketing campaign to help correct "rape myths".