A new study has found that one in three college-aged men admit they would rape a woman—as long as you don't call it rape and no one finds out.
That's the finding from a team of researchers from the University of North Dakota, who surveyed 86 male college students about callous sexual attitudes, hypermasculinity, hostility towards women, and how those factors impact how they describe their own sexual behaviours.
According to the paper, "Denying Rape but Endorsing Forceful Intercourse: Exploring Differences Among Responders", 31.7 percent of men surveyed admitted "they might use force to obtain intercourse" as long as "nobody would ever know and there wouldn't be any consequences". However, when specifically asked if they would rape a woman, 13.6 percent answered in the affirmative.
The paper found there are three general groups of men: those who are not sexual coercive, those who will use force to obtain sex but deny their actions constitute rape, and those who freely admit intentions to rape. Those who admitted they would use force showed high levels of callous sexual attitudes ("attitudes that objectify women and expect men to exhibit sexual dominance") but lower levels of hostility towards women than those men who admit having clear intentions to rape. This suggests that many college-aged men see sexual coersion as a normal or perhaps expected part of intercourse. As the researchers states, "The primary motivation in this case could be sexual gratification, accomplishment, and/or perceived compliance with sterotypical masculine gender norms."
The most recent National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey found that nearly one in five U.S. women will be raped in her lifetime.