Effects of Victim Gender and Sexuality on Attributions of Blame to Rape Victims

  title={Effects of Victim Gender and Sexuality on Attributions of Blame to Rape Victims},
  author={Anna Wakelin and Karen Long},
  journal={Sex Roles},
Previous research suggests that homosexual male rape victims receive more blame than heterosexual victims. In this study, we examined effects of victim gender and sexuality on judgments of victims of stranger rape by a male perpetrator. Participants read a rape vignette in which victim gender and sexuality varied, and then rated the amount of blame they attributed to the perpetrator and victim. Victims were attributed more blame if their sexual orientation suggested potential attraction to the… 
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