Participants ( N= 423; 276 women and 147 men) read a vignette depicting either a couple having consensual sex (control), or a male or female aggressor who initiates sexual intercourse via verbal coercion, use of alcohol, or physical abuse. College students were provided with legal instructions of sexual assault then asked to pro-vide a verdict, degree of guilt, and legal components.

Ratings of guilt were lower when the aggressor was female compared to male. In addition, male victims were more likely to be perceived as providing consent and less likely to experience fear of bodily injury when the aggressor was female.

Male were aslo less likely to put the blame on male victims but I believe that they found that result because men and boys only learn that they are potential rapists, not potential victims.