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<p>In the United States, 33% of women and 25% of men experience sexual violence (CDC, 2019). The recent rise in survivor empowerment movements like #MeToo underlines sexual violence as a systemic issue and has begun to shift out-group attitudes in support of survivors (Jackson, 2018). The present research examines whether exposure to positive group identity narratives from sexual violence survivors (e.g., personal stories connected to empowerment movements) can increase institutional support intentions for survivors collectively (e.g., policy change). In this experiment, perspective-taking of sexual violence survivors was held constant, and the study manipulated positive exposure to survivor group identities. Participants consisted of 177 undergraduate students (146 females, Mage = 20.97 years, SD = 3.44), 31% of whom (n = 55) identified as survivors of sexual violence. We expected that those exposed to the positive group identity would report increased empathy for the survivor community, more positive affect, and stronger support for policies that benefit survivors. Implications will highlight the importance of survivor empowerment movements as a vessel for social change efforts.</p>
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