Judgements toward male and transgendered victims in a depicted stranger rape

Davies, M (2011) Judgements toward male and transgendered victims in a depicted stranger rape. Journal of Homosexuality, 58 (2). pp. 237-247.

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There has been an increasing amount of research interest into perceptions of male rape in recent years. However, no research has assessed how people react when a transgendered person is raped. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of transgendered status and sexuality on victim blame and perceived severity in a depicted rape scenario. The sexuality of the victim was manipulated to include a heterosexual, homosexual, cross-dresser, female-to-male transsexual, and male-to-female transsexual. It was predicted that the heterosexual victims would be judged the most positively and that heterosexual male participants would make the most anti-victim judgments. One hundred thirty-three lesbian, gay male, and heterosexual members of the general population read a scenario depicting a rape and then completed a questionnaire measuring victim blame and perceived severity of the assault. Results conformed to the predictions. Results are discussed in relation to traditional gender roles and homophobia.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final definitive version of this article was published in Journal of Homosexuality, Vol.58,2 Copyright Taylor & Francis Group. Journal of Homosexuality can be found online here - http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/wjhm20/current
Uncontrolled Keywords: homophobia,male rape, transgender, victim blame
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Dr M Lowe
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2016 16:01
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2016 16:01
Identification Number: 10.1080/00918369.2011.540179
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/709

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