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NCJ Number: 209051 Find in a Library
Title: Rape Myth Acceptance Among College Women: The Impact of Race and Prior Victimization
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:16  Issue:5  Dated:May 2001  Pages:424-436
Author(s): Dianne Cyr Carmody; Lekeshia M. Washington
Date Published: May 2001
Page Count: 13
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the influence of race and prior sexual assault on the acceptance of rape myths among a sample of undergraduate college women.
Abstract: Recent research on the serious problem of rape on college campuses has documented the impact of attitudes and beliefs supportive of sexual aggression in dating situations. These “rape myths” function by denying or minimizing the injury to the victim or by blaming victims for their own victimization. The current study drew on data from a 1997 mail survey of 623 undergraduate college women to explore the impact of race and prior sexual assault victimization experiences on rape myth acceptance. Variables under consideration included race (Black or White), year in college, victim status, and age. Results of statistical analyses indicated that neither race nor victim status significantly affected the acceptance or rejection of rape myths among this sample of college women. While most women in the sample rejected the rape myths presented, one rape myth received a high degree of support; this myth concerned the belief that women who falsely reported rape had a need to call attention to themselves. The findings suggest the need for educational programs on rape and sexual assault at all age levels to counteract the tendency to blame the victim or deflect responsibility from the rapist. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Attitude measurement; Rape
Index Term(s): Attitudes toward victims; Sexual assault; Victim attitudes
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