Duncan, Brittany. “Navigating Sex in College”, Boston College, 2016. http://hdl.handle.net/2345/bc-ir:106738.
The prevalence of sexual assaults on college campuses has been gaining more attention in recent years. Through 16 undergraduate interviews with both male and female students, college students’ attitudes about hookup culture, the role of sexual consent, and issues that they see surrounding college campus sexual assault were explored. Students felt as though they were not responsible for their own decisions; failed to empathize with, and often objectified, fellow students; expressed a problematic distinction between sexual assault and rape; and voiced a pressure to act in accordance with traditional gender norms. There needs to be a shift in the way college students are introduced to college including frank conversation among students about the impact their actions can have on their peers and themselves.