The Influence of the Exposure to Information on Rape and Sexual Harassment on Filipinos' Rape and Sexual Harassment Myth Acceptance

The Influence of the Exposure to Information on Rape and Sexual Harassment on Filipinos

This study explores the influence of the exposures to information on rape and sexual harassment on Filipinos’ rape and sexual harassment myth acceptance. The source credibility theory and the theory of social constructionism are these study’s theoretical anchors. A quantitative and qualitative approach was used in the study by administering 400 survey questionnaires to various cities and Metro Manila and using that pool of respondents to get informants for focus interviews. Results of the study show that exposure to information on rape and sexual harassment gives increasing awareness about the details on the incidence of rape and sexual harassment with news being respondents’ primary source of information, thus, the depth of information respondents receive is not enough to educate them about rape and sexual harassment that could lead to the rejection of rape and sexual harassment myths. Findings also show that although respondents have similar information sources, their levels of rape and sexual harassment myth acceptance scores vary with majority having medium levels of acceptance. Findings show that Filipinos’ current sources of information only focus on the event itself rather educating the audience about rape and sexual harassment. Filipinos’ rape and sexual harassment myth acceptance also still depend more on social and interpersonal influences, interactions, culture, and history, guided by the theory of social constructionism.

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Carlos, M.and Enriquez, N. (2015).The Influence of the Exposure to Information on Rape and Sexual Harassment on Filipinos’ Rape and Sexual Harassment Myth Acceptance. Unpublished Undergraduate Thesis, University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication.