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NCJ Number: 150995 Find in a Library
Title: Rape Reporting to the Police: Exploring the Social Psychological Impact of a Persuasive Campaign on Cognitions, Attitudes, Normative Expectations and Reporting Intentions
Journal: International Review of Victimology  Volume:2  Issue:4  Dated:(1993)  Pages:277-294
Author(s): F W Winkel; A Vrij
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 18
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The effects of a video designed to provide persuasive information to increase the likelihood that rape victims would report the crime to the police was examined using data from 155 male and female university students in the Netherlands.
Abstract: The video was developed after a review of factors that influence victims' reporting decisions indicated that a persuasive communication campaign would be a feasible way to stimulate victim reporting. The 12-minute video included vignettes of a rape victim's interactions with police officers, together with a woman's voice providing background information about the crime. Some of the students viewed the video; others did not. All students completed questionnaires focusing on their attitudes toward reporting, pressures to report a crime, and motivation to report. Findings suggested that the video was successful in changing the perceived likelihood of positive outcomes associated with reporting and in strengthening the perceived normative expectations of others regarding reporting. Some specific changes in the video are recommended to increase the likelihood of reporting. Tables, figure, and 32 references
Main Term(s): Sexual assault victims
Index Term(s): Citizen crime reporting; Netherlands; Victim reactions to crime; Victims in foreign countries
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