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Perkins’ Study on Engaging Men in Preventing Violence Against Women Published

Wesley Perkins, professor of sociology, has just had an article titled “Engaging Men as Social Justice Allies in Ending Violence Against Women: Evidence for a Social Norms Approach” published. The research examines both men's and women's norms regarding the importance of consent in sexual activity and their willingness to intervene against sexual violence. It compares these actual norms for both men and women to men's often erroneous perceptions of them, and further, examines the influence of men's perceptions of the norms on their own attitudes about consent and their willingness to intervene. The article appears in the latest issue of the Journal of American College Health which is a special issue devoted to multiculturalism, social justice and college health. It is co-authored by Patricia Fabiano and Cristopher Stark (Western Washington University), Alan Berkowitz (former director of counseling at HWS and an independent consultant) and Jeff Linkenbach (Montana State University).