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Addressing racial biases that impact male students

Be aware of damaging assumptions about Black and Middle Eastern male sexuality; consider problematizing this form of bias in education and awareness campaigns. In working with students from these demographics in relation to a disclosure or report, demonstrate awareness that such biases exist, and demonstrate intention not to be swayed by such assumptions.

Male participants of African and of Middle Eastern descent expressed anxieties rooted in knowledge of profiling and stereotyping experienced by men in their communities (see also the recommendation “Addressing respondent rights and supports”). Students belonging to these categories suspected that they were more likely to be wrongfully accussed and less likely to be taken seriously as victims. They expressed distrust of white administrators and service providers. Signficant anti-racist effort would be required on the part of universities to address this distrust.