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Abstract:  Presented 1 of 2 brief films about the importance of concern for one’s sexual partner and about the impact of rape on its victims or a no informational film to 90 males (aged 21-38 yrs) before showing them a commercial film that depicted sexual violence, nonviolent sexuality, or nonviolent and nonsexual material. Compared with unbriefed Ss, briefed Ss showed a significant decline in beliefs in rape myths. They also reported greater empathy toward an alleged victim of rape, a greater tendency to find the accused assailant guilty, greater sensitivity to filmed violence against women, and greater physiological-emotional repulsion to filmed violence. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved)