Bedera's research focuses on how university structures create environments where sexual violence is more likely to occur and survivors are retraumatized instead of getting the help they need. Her research has influenced sexual violence prevention programming across the country, including for Planned Parenthood.
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Finds that colleges have primarily put the burden of sexual assault prevention on women and the expectations they have set are unreasonable and impossible for women to meet.
Finds that while college men claim to have explicit verbal conversations about consent in their sexual encounters, in practice, they are much more likely to use "physical nonverbal cues" like eye contact or a partner's elevated breath rate as evidence that their sexual encounters are consensual.