"Boys will be boys" and other gendered accounts: an exploration of victims' excuses and justifications for unwanted sexual contact and coercion.

@article{Weiss2009BoysWB,
  title={"Boys will be boys" and other gendered accounts: an exploration of victims' excuses and justifications for unwanted sexual contact and coercion.},
  author={Karen G Weiss},
  journal={Violence against women},
  year={2009},
  volume={15 7},
  pages={810-34}
}
An examination of 944 victim narratives from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) finds that one in five women who reveal an incident of sexual victimization to the NCVS excuse or justify their situations, largely by drawing on social vocabularies that suggest male sexual aggression is natural, normal within dating relationships, or the victim's fault. The study's findings substantiate the influence that rape myths and gender stereotypes have on victims' perceptions of their own… CONTINUE READING
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