Male peer support and a feminist routing activities theory: Understanding sexual assault on the college campus

  • Schwartz M
  • DeKeseredy W
  • Tait D
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Routine activities theorists traditionally have assumed offenders' motivation and victims' suitability from demographic correlates, and have done little to study effective guardianship. In this paper we ask questions directly of male date rape offenders to test the proposal that male peer support provides motivation; we ask lifestyle questions directly of both female victims and male offenders; and we discuss the extent to which abusive peers eliminate guardianship. Data from the Canadian National Survey support routine activities theory, and show that men who drink two or more times a week and have male peers who support both emotional violence and physical violence are nearly 10 times as likely to admit to being sexual aggressors as men who have none of these three traits.

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  • Martin D Schwartz

  • Walter S DeKeseredy

  • David Tait

  • Shahid Alvi

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