Beyond Rape Myths: A More Complex View of Perceptions of Rape Victims

  title={Beyond Rape Myths: A More Complex View of Perceptions of Rape Victims},
  author={Amy M. Buddie and Arthur George Miller},
  journal={Sex Roles},
This research examined personal beliefs and perceptions of cultural stereotypes surrounding rape victims. Students (ages 18–21) at a primarily Caucasian University listed either their personal beliefs or their perceptions of cultural stereotypes surrounding rape victims and rated a specific rape victim either according to their personal beliefs or their perceptions of cultural stereotypes. Personal beliefs about rape victims tended to focus more on perceptions of victim reactions to the rape (e… Expand
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