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Rape Stereotype Acceptance in the General Population of England and Wales

Huang; Andrews, Samantha J.

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Samantha J. Andrews


The #MeToo movement has facilitated a growing awareness in the UK of rape stereotypes but there has been little research on how accurately rape is perceived in this region, especially regarding demographics such as ethnicity and age. This study recruited 1000 participants, representative of the UK population, to complete an online survey prompting beliefs about rape perpetrators, rape victims, rape allegations, male rape, and motives for and consequences of rape. After carrying out frequency analyses on agree-incorrect and disagree-incorrect statements, we found that, generally, accuracy was high, although there were higher levels of stereotype acceptance for perpetrator related stereotypes. Further analysis found that in terms of demographic differences, Black and Asian participants and men were significantly more likely to accept stereotypes than other demographic groups. Implications for policy and practice are discussed, including potential for jury education, and educational media campaigns aimed at the demographics most likely to accept stereotypes.

Acceptance Date Feb 27, 2022
Publication Date Feb 27, 2022
Journal Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Print ISSN 0886-2605
Publisher SAGE Publications
Keywords adult victims; anything related to sexual assault; revictimization; sexual assault
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