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NCJ Number: 158978 Find in a Library
Title: Attitudes Toward Rape: Feminist and Social Psychological Perspectives
Author(s): C A Ward
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 239
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications Ltd
London, EC2A 4PU, England
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8039-8594-0
Sale Source: Sage Publications Ltd
6 Bonhill Street
London, EC2A 4PU,
United Kingdom
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This book looks at popular perceptions of sexual violence and probes questions related to how rape is defined, who is responsible for sexual assault, and how rape can be prevented.
Abstract: Drawing on a wide range of case studies, survey research, experiments, fieldwork, and action-oriented research from Europe, North America, and Asia, the author combines qualitative and quantitative approaches to understanding sexual violence. The book highlights negative consequences for rape victims of biased and prejudicial perceptions of sexual violence, including those of legal, medical, and helping professionals. The impact of these attitudes on victim self-perceptions is discussed, and strategies for changing ideas about sexual assault are offered. Such strategies include action-oriented research designed to raise consciousness and improve victim services. The book is divided into two major parts, the first of which examines empirical evidence on attitudes toward rape, feminist theory, rape research, and social-psychological investigations of attitudes toward and perceptions of sexual assault victims. The second part of the book focuses on applied aspects of psychological and feminist research. Notes, tables, and figures
Main Term(s): Sexual assault victims
Index Term(s): Attitude change; Attitudes toward victims; Feminism; Psychological research; Psychological theories; Psychological victimization effects; Public Opinion of Crime; Rape; Victims of violent crime
Note: Gender and Psychology Series
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