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Title: Adolescent Attitudes About Rape
Journal: Adolescence  Volume:31  Issue:121  Dated:(Spring 1996)  Pages:29-33
Author(s): R Kershner
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 5
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Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines adolescent attitudes about rape in order to develop curricular materials.
Abstract: A very significant problem in society is adolescent rape victimization and the growing number of adolescent perpetrators. Surveys of young people to learn what they believe about rape revealed some illuminating findings: (1) perpetrators and victims were often not cognizant of what constitutes assault; (2) forced intercourse was considered acceptable by a significant number of both adolescent males and females in certain situations; (3) the relationship between victim blaming and adherence to rape myths is of note in the adolescent population; and (4) an element of male dominance, the perception of females as sex objects, and the negation of acquaintance rape as sexual assault were also noted in the young people studied. This paper concludes that, by addressing the sociocultural aspects of rape, students may learn to identify what constitutes exploitative nonconsensual sex, reject commonly held myths about rape and victims, and begin to adopt egalitarian belief systems that may decrease the incidence of rape. Table, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Acquaintance rape; Behavior modification; Psychological victimization effects; Rape; Rape prevention programs; Rape statistics; Sexual assault; Statistics; Unreported crimes; Victims of Crime
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