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Perceptions of Rape and Attitudes Toward Women in a Sample of Lebanese Students

NCJ Number
Journal of Interpersonal Violence Volume: 25 Issue: 4 Dated: April 2010 Pages: 735-752
Maria J. Rebeiz; Charles Harb
Date Published
April 2010
18 pages
This study investigated attitudes toward rape victims as predictors of rape myths in a sample of Lebanese students.
This study investigated values, ambivalent sexism, religiosity, religious differences, gender, and attitudes toward rape victims as predictors of rape myths in a sample of Lebanese students (N = 300). Values of self-transcendence and conservation, gender, hostile sexism, and attitudes toward rape victims emerged as significant predictors of rape myths, confirming some of the premises in the literature. Type of rape (date, marital, acquaintance, and stranger rape) and victim's characteristics (widowed, married, devout, promiscuous, and chaste) were also investigated. Results revealed that no matter what the relationship between the victim and her perpetrator was, and regardless of the victim's characteristics, forcible sexual contact was always considered as rape. However, differences did emerge as to the degree to which these variations were perceived as rape. Implication of findings for research and the Lebanese culture are discussed. (Published Abstract)