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Male Rape Victim and Perpetrator Blaming

NCJ Number
Journal of Interpersonal Violence Volume: 25 Issue: 6 Dated: June 2010 Pages: 969-988
Emma Sleath; Ray Bull
Date Published
June 2010
20 pages
This study examined the relationship between male rape myth acceptance and its relationship with male rape victim blaming.
One of four possible vignettes manipulated by (a) level of rape myth contained within them (low vs. high) and (b) type of rape (stranger vs. acquaintance) was presented to participants followed by scales measuring victim blame, perpetrator blame, belief in a just world, sex-role egalitarian beliefs, and male rape myth acceptance. Victim blaming was predicted by male rape myth acceptance. Perpetrator blaming was predicted by male rape myth acceptance and sex-role egalitarianism. Differences were found in victim and perpetrator blaming in terms of stranger and acquaintance rape and also in relation to manipulating the level of rape myths. Findings are discussed in relation to the previous literature on rape victim and perpetrator blaming. (Published Abstract)