The researchers were also surprised to find that in a sample consisting of sorority members only, the relationship between attending events where alcohol was served and sexual assault became insignificant when alcohol consumption by sorority members was controlled (Minow and Einolf, 2009.) Whether or not these attitudes can be attributed exclusively to Greek organizations and thereby deemed “high-risk” can be debated; these students however represent a highly visible, prominent group of people who may be influential in changing social norms on difficult issues (Katz, 2007; Moynihan and Banyard, 2008.) A longitudinal study examining alcohol use among Greeks before and after college found that variations in drinking patterns were determined largely by perceived peer norms for alcohol use among the Greek community, and by Greek membership alone (Bartholow and Nanda, 2001.) Many of the normative influences that affect issues like high-risk drinking can be applied to sexual assault and relationship violence prevention.

Several studies have found that the primary factor influencing men’s willingness to intervene to prevent a sexual assault was their perception of men’s willingness to intervene (Fabiano et al.

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Greece is still recovering from a severe economic crisis.

Mr Eleftheriou said he was looking at relocating thousands of other scheduled weddings to other locations on Rhodes.

But while their friends and family saw the funny side, after it was shared multiple times it came to the attention of the of Rhodes then took the decision to ban foreigners from getting married at the picturesque location, leaving the fate of thousands of couples hanging in the balance.

A number have already cancelled to make alternative plans for their big day.

al, 2009), highlighting these groups as “high-risk.” Some research has found higher rates of sexual assault occurs across communities with high levels of “male peer support” for sexual violence as well as adherence to patriarchal attitudes, rape myths, and attachment to friends who themselves have engaged in sexually coercive behaviors (Schwartz and Nogrady, 1996; Schwartz and Dekeseredy, 2000.) Research by Mohler- Kou and colleagues (2004) found that living in a sorority house significantly increased the likelihood of experiencing a sexual assault while intoxicated – or, unable to give legal consent – as well as other sexual assaults when not intoxicated.

However, some researchers did not find a relationship between sorority membership and increased risk for sexual assault.

For example, based on a study of 674 college and university women from southern postsecondary institutions, Mustaine and Tewksbury’s (2002) findings reveal that it is not sorority membership that increased risk for sexual assault but rather, primarily, proximity or level of exposure that sorority members had to rape-supportive male peer groups.

Exploring this finding further, researchers Minow and Einolf (2009) found that 33 percent of sorority women in their study reported they had experienced completed rape in their college career compared with 6 percent of non-sorority women, and 14 percent of sorority women reported experiencing an attempted rape compared with 8 percent of non-sorority women.

Speaking before the ban was invoked, Mrs Lunn said: “It was something we said we’d do for a joke.

"We expected a lot of laughs and jokes from people, but didn’t expect it to be as popular as it was.

Greek Sexual Assault Prevention Initiative The Greek Sexual Assault Prevention Initiative is a collaboration between the Office of Health Promotion’s Respect Program, the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life, and the four Greek Councils (IFC, ISC, NPHC, and MGC) to end sexual violence on Eagle Row.