Studies Show Peer Pressure Helps Combat Sexual ViolenceCallie Beusman8/18/14 7:00pmFiled to: rapesexual assaultcampus rapestudy3724EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkAccording to a number of studies, individuals may have significant power in either perpetuating or combating rape culture. Although that logic seems kind of obvious, it can be harnessed to implement more effective — and underutilized — sexual violence prevention methods.As NPR reports, a 2013 study found that "having friends who support violence against women is a big risk factor for committing sexual assault." In other words, if your friends seem to be okay with sexual violence — either explicitly or tacitly — then you're far more likely to think that sexual violence is acceptable on some level. Conversely, having friends who vocally object to sexual violence could serve as "a powerful antidote" to the prevailing attitudes that permit, if not outright encourage, sexual assault and harassment. This is an idea rape prevention experts are beginning to explore.