Expectations about victim and offender behaviour during stranger rape

Emma Sleath, J. Woodhams

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    Abstract

    The aim of this study was to examine expectations about victim and offender behaviours during stranger rape. These expectations were compared with the empirically derived data of actual victim and offender behaviours. Furthermore, three attitudes/beliefs were assessed in relation to these expectations: rape myth acceptance, gender role attitudes and belief in a just world (BJW). Seven hundred and fifty-eight undergraduates took part in the study. The results show that participants significantly overestimated the frequency of 29 out of the 30 victim and offender behaviours examined (one behaviour was underestimated). An inconsistent relationship was found in predicting the expectancies via rape myth acceptance, gender role attitudes and BJW. These findings are examined in the context of the criminal justice system and how expectancy violation may affect the perception of rape victim and offenders' behaviours. Publisher statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Psychology, Crime and Law in July 2014, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1068316X.2013.876500
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)798-820
    JournalPsychology, Crime and Law
    Volume20
    Issue number8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Bibliographical note

    This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Psychology, Crime and Law in July 2014, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1068316X.2013.876500

    Keywords

    • expectancy violation theory
    • rape myths
    • belief in a just world
    • gender role attitudes

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