Evaluating stranger and acquaintance rape: The role of benevolent sexism in perpetrator blame and recommended sentence length.

Viki, G. Tendayi and Abrams, Dominic and Masser, B (2004) Evaluating stranger and acquaintance rape: The role of benevolent sexism in perpetrator blame and recommended sentence length. Law and Human Behavior, 28 (3). pp. 295-303. ISSN 0147-7307 . (Access to this publication is restricted)

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Abstract

In most jurisdictions, the law does not recognize the distinction between stranger and acquaintance rape. However, these two types of rape seem to elicit different responses from both lay observers and legal practitioners. Two studies investigating the role of benevolent sexism (BS) in accounting for participants' responses to acquaintance vs. stranger rape perpetrators are reported. Participants were presented with vignettes describing either an acquaintance rape or a stranger rape. As predicted, relative to low-BS individuals, participants who scored high in BS attributed less blame ( Study 1) and recommended shorter sentences ( Study 2) for the acquaintance rape perpetrator. Benevolent sexism was unrelated to reactions to the perpetrator in the stranger rape condition

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: benevolent sexism; hostile sexism; rape perpetrators; acquaintance rape; rape myths
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: C.A. Simms
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2008 17:23
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2014 08:11
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4546 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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