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NCJ Number: 150375 Find in a Library
Title: Sexual Violence in the Mass Media (From Violence and the Law, P 9-36, 1994, Mark Costanzo and Stuart Oskamp, eds. -- See NCJ-150373)
Author(s): E Donnerstein; D Linz
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 28
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of the impacts of media depictions of sexual violence and the effectiveness of attempts to censor such material concludes that educational interventions are needed that focus on changing beliefs about sexual assault.
Abstract: The media portray violence through films, depictions of rape, and other forms of sexualized violence against women. These depictions are widely available to increasingly younger viewers through cable television and video rentals. Research with adults demonstrates that exposure to both sexually explicit and nonexplicit violent materials in the mass media results in less sensitivity toward victims of sexual violence and a heightened tendency to endorse myths about rape. Potential solutions to sexual violence in the mass media include the legal prosecution of producers of sexually violent materials, efforts to promote media literacy and critical viewing skills, expansion of the film rating system, and using the mass media to educate viewers about sexual violence. Traditional obscenity laws, other legal restrictions, and the film rating system are ineffective solutions. Instead, stronger reliance is needed on education that is based on our increasing knowledge of media effects, attitude formation and change, child development, and human behavior. Social psychology can be an important potential contributor toward solving the problem of sexual violence. 65 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Media coverage; Media violence; Media-crime relationships; Sexual assault; Violence on television
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