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Evaluating stranger and acquaintance rape: the role of benevolent sexism in perpetrator blame and recommended sentence length.
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PMID:  15264448     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In most jurisdictions, the law does not recognize the distinction between stranger and acquaintance rape. However, these two types of rape seem to elicit different responses from both lay observers and legal practitioners. Two studies investigating the role of benevolent sexism (BS) in accounting for participants' responses to acquaintance vs. stranger rape perpetrators are reported. Participants were presented with vignettes describing either an acquaintance rape or a stranger rape. As predicted, relative to low-BS individuals, participants who scored high in BS attributed less blame (Study 1) and recommended shorter sentences (Study 2) for the acquaintance rape perpetrator. Benevolent sexism was unrelated to reactions to the perpetrator in the stranger rape condition.
G Tendayi Viki; Dominic Abrams; Barbara Masser
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Law and human behavior     Volume:  28     ISSN:  0147-7307     ISO Abbreviation:  Law Hum Behav     Publication Date:  2004 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-07-21     Completed Date:  2004-08-10     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7801255     Medline TA:  Law Hum Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  295-303     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom.
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MeSH Terms
Crime Victims / classification*
Interpersonal Relations*
Regression Analysis
Social Perception*

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