Sex Differences in the Perception of Rape Victims

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Abstract

The present study investigated the effects of victim characteristics on people's perceptions of a rape incident. Subjects read an account of a rape incident in which the victim was described either as a virgin or as a sexually promiscuous woman. It was predicted that, because of the different attributional perspectives adopted by males and females when explaining a rape incident, the characteristics of the victim would influence the judgments of male subjects but not of female subjects. The results obtained supported this prediction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-288
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Volume4
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1989

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