Fact or Fiction presents the following information on their website, http://factorfiction.mit.edu:
A survey on alcohol-related violence disseminated to 2,400 MIT students during April 2010 revealed that:
12.7 percent had shoved or pushed another person.
9.1 percent had hit or slapped someone.
14.8 percent had teased someone to make them angry.
19.9 percent had picked on someone.
28.9 percent agreed with the statement, “If a woman is raped while she is drunk, she is at least somewhat responsible for letting things get out of control.”
27.9 percent agreed with the statement, “Rape accusations are often used as a way of getting back at men.”
16.6 percent agreed with the statement, “When women are raped, it’s often because the way they said ‘no’ was ambiguous.”
32.9 percent agreed with the statement, “Men don’t usually intend to force sex on a woman, but sometimes they get too sexually carried away.”
Targeted focus groups with undergraduate women revealed the following perceptions of MIT women:
They have poor social, communication & conflict resolution skills.
They don’t have anyone to really confide in.
They are competitive in both their academic & social lives.
They are often told that “MIT women are smart, not pretty.”
They lack strong female friendships.
They are territorial over MIT men.
They stereotype women based on where they live & who they are affiliated with.
They stereotype women from other schools.
The media influences how they interact with other women.
The media influences their perception of sexual assault & intimate relationships.