Effects of defendant sexual orientation on jurors' perceptions of child sexual assault.

@article{Wiley2009EffectsOD,
  title={Effects of defendant sexual orientation on jurors' perceptions of child sexual assault.},
  author={Tisha R. A. Wiley and Bette L. Bottoms},
  journal={Law and human behavior},
  year={2009},
  volume={33 1},
  pages={
          46-60
        }
}
We examined mock jurors' reactions to a sexual abuse case involving a male teacher and a 10-year-old child. Because gay men are sometimes stereotyped as child molesters, we portrayed defendant sexual orientation as either gay or straight and the victim as either a boy or girl. Jurors made more pro-prosecution decisions in cases involving a gay versus straight defendant, particularly when the victim was a boy. In boy-victim cases, jurors' emotional feelings of moral outrage toward the defendant… CONTINUE READING
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