The influence of victim gender and sexual orientation on judgements of the victim in a depicted stranger rape

Davies, M and Pollard, Paul and Archer, John (2001) The influence of victim gender and sexual orientation on judgements of the victim in a depicted stranger rape. Violence and Victims, 16 (6). pp. 607-619. ISSN 0886-6708

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Abstract

This study investigated the impact of respondent gender, victim gender, and victim sexual orientation on judgments toward the victim of a depicted stranger rape. Respondents were required to read a scenario in which victim gender and sexual orientation varied between subjects, and to complete measures of behavioral blame, responsibility, and severity of the attack. Results revealed that male respondents made more anti-victim judgments than female respondents did. Male respondents judged gay male victims more negatively than they did other victims. Female respondents' judgments were pro-victim regardless of victim gender and victim sexual orientation. Results are discussed in relation to the feminist analysis of victim blame, and blame toward male rape victims. Implications for support services, particularly of male victims, are also considered.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Dr M Lowe
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2015 08:30
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2015 16:24
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/705

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