Jocks and frat boys more likely than other men in college to visit ‘slut pages’ and post nude images without consent

Jocks and frat boys more likely than other men in college to visit ‘slut pages’ and post nude images without consent

Over half of men in college fraternities or who play school sports say they have visited a secret webpage or social media account set up to post or view pornographic images of other students without their consent, according to a survey I recently conducted with several colleagues. …

Specifically, we found that 58% of men in fraternities and 53% of male college athletes admitted to having visited one of these sites – commonly known as “slut pages” – at least once, while 15% to 20% of these men said they post nude images without consent. That compares with 39% of all other men who said they visited one of these sites and 3.5% who acknowledged posting content.

Women who played team sports were the least likely of all groups to visit one of these pages – just 13% had, compared to nonathlete women, of which 33% had visited a slut page. This suggests that gender plays a central role in the phenomenon, at least when it comes to student athletes. …

Posting nude pictures of someone without their consent – which is a crime in some states – is a form of image-based sexual abuse that is used to shame, hurt or humiliate.

By Megan K. Maas, Michigan State University for The Conversation

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