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Different functions of rape myth use in court: findings from a trial observation study

Temkin, Jennifer, Gray, Jacqueline, Barrett, Jastine (2016) Different functions of rape myth use in court: findings from a trial observation study. Feminist Criminology, 13 (2). pp. 205-226. ISSN 1557-0851. E-ISSN 1557-086X. (doi:10.1177/1557085116661627) (KAR id:60173)

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This study examines rape myth use in eight English rape trials and assesses attempts by trial participants to combat it. Trial notes, based on observations, were analyzed using thematic analysis. Rape myths were used in three identifiable ways: to distance the case from the “real rape” stereotype, to discredit the complainant, and to emphasize the aspects of the case that were consistent with rape myths. Prosecution challenges to the myths were few, and judges rarely countered the rape myths. This study provides new insights by demonstrating the ways that rape myths are utilized to manipulate jurors’ interpretations of the evidence

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1557085116661627
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Sarah Slowe
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2017 09:35 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:42 UTC
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