Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)



First Advisor

Jennifer Dyer-Seymour


The purpose of this study was to understand the extent to which college students believe in and adhere to common rape myths and victim blaming beliefs, the extent to which college aged men objectify women, and lastly, the extent to which these two variables are related to one another. Using two groups divided based on gender and sexual orientation, participants responded to the Rape Attitudes Belief Scale (RABS) and the Men’s Objectification of Women Scale (MOWS). The survey questions used on these scales were designed to gather information about a person’s belief of common rape myths as well as men’s objectification of women. These scales were sent out to university students on a study platform called SONA as well as through Google Forms. There was a total number of 106 participants with 85 women, and 21 men. The results of the study showed a strong, positive correlation between men’s rape myth acceptance and their objectification of women. Additionally, male students were shown to have significantly higher rates of rape myth acceptance than female students.