Creating Ethical Decision Makers: The Influence of Education on Perceptions of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault

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The sport industry is ripe for issues of sexual harassment/assault due to the high value placed on masculine characteristics and the power differential between male leaders/coaches and female subordinates/athletes. This culture permeates sport organizations, as issues of sexual harassment/assault committed by athletes and coaches/administrators are commonplace and have recently been mishandled, raising questions about effective education. This study examined the relationship between education on sexual harassment/assault and the endorsement of rape myths by sport management students. Results indicate that training on sexual harassment/assault in sport management classrooms is low and is potentially ineffective at curbing rape myth acceptance, suggesting current curricula are insufficient. These findings have both theoretical and practical contributions related to how sport management departments can prepare future professionals to change the culture of sport.

Taylor and Jones are with Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. McCray is with the Dept. of Health & Sport Sciences, Otterbein University, Westerville, OH. Hardin is with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.

Taylor (elizabeth.taylor@temple.edu) is corresponding author.
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