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Consent Messaging

Sexual violence is a salient public health issue among college students. College men and women report being victims of sexual assault and rape at significantly higher rates compared to their non-student peers, five and three times higher, respectively. Sexual consent is vital in determining whether sexual activity is categorized as assault. In comparison to sexual assault and rape literature, research about consent is largely lacking. As such, we seek to explore and examine the nuances of sexual consent communication, knowledge, perceptions, and influential factors. These findings can be utilized to develop evidenced-based campus programming to alleviate sexual violence among college students and provide resources and support to survivors.

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