Male Rape Myths

  title={Male Rape Myths},
  author={Kristine M. Chapleau and Debra L Oswald and Brenda Russell},
  journal={Journal of Interpersonal Violence},
  pages={600 - 615}
This study investigates the structure of Struckman-Johnson and Struckman-Johnson's Male Rape Myth Scale, examines gender differences in rape myth acceptance, and explores the underlying ideologies that facilitate male rape myth acceptance. A three-factor model, with rape myths regarding Trauma, Blame, and Denial as separate subscales, is the best fitting solution. However, the results indicate that additional scale development and validity tests are necessary. In exploratory analyses, men are… 

An Exploration into the Acceptance of Male Rape Myths within the UK

  • E. Spruin
  • Psychology, Business
    Journal of Forensic Sciences & Criminal Investigation
  • 2018
Rape is worldwide issue with no demographic constraint, and previous studies have explored how rape myths serve to justify sexual violence against women at the hands of men. However, this study aims

“Men Cannot Be Raped”: Correlates of Male Rape Myth Acceptance

Examination of demographics, personal experiences with rape, and belief systems relate to rape myth adherence for male victims demonstrates that rape myths operate similarly for male and female victims.

A review of the role of radical feminist theories in the understanding of rape myth acceptance

Abstract Research into rape myth acceptance (RMA) first emerged in the 1970s, when authors such as Brownmiller (1975) and Burt (1980) proposed that rape was a mechanism that allowed men to exert

Gender, Sexual Orientation, and Rape Myth Acceptance: Preliminary Findings From a Sample of Primarily LGBQ‐Identified Survey Respondents

This study is among the first to examine the relationship between sexual orientation and rape myth adherence using a nationwide survey of primarily lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (LGBQ)

Examining the Relationship Between Male Rape Myth Acceptance, Female Rape Myth Acceptance, Victim Blame, Homophobia, Gender Roles, and Ambivalent Sexism

Results broadly conformed to predictions, with men generally more negative than women, and male rape myth acceptance significantly related to female rape mythaccept, negative attitudes about gay men, gender role attitudes, and victim blame.

Gender-Blind Sexism and Rape Myth Acceptance

Whether gender-blind sexism, as an extension of Bonilla-Silva’s racialized social system theory, is an appropriate theoretical framework for understanding the creation and continued prevalence of rape myth acceptance is explored.

Male Rape Myths, Female Rape Myths, and Intent to Intervene as a Bystander

Abstract The bystander approach to sexual assault prevention has become popular on college campuses and within the military. Previous research has identified a negative association between the

Rape Myth Attitudes in Rural Kenya

It is found that about half of the participants were likely to blame victims unconditionally, and a “blame index” was developed to assess the likelihood of community victim blaming in Kenya.

Blurring the Lines

Through the use of popular culture constructs, individuals are exposed to an overabundance of images that validate rape myths. Although studies have examined rape in popular culture, little attention



Cultural myths and supports for rape.

  • M. Burt
  • Psychology
    Journal of personality and social psychology
  • 1980
Results from regression analysis of interview data indicate that the higher the sex role stereotyping, adversarial sexual beliefs, and acceptance of interpersonal violence, the greater a respondent's acceptance of rape myths.

Attitudinal antecedents of rape myth acceptance: A theoretical and empirical reexamination.

M. R. Burt (1980) concluded that acceptance of rape myths was strongly related to adversarial sexual beliefs, tolerance of interpersonal violence, and gender role stereotyping. However, the scales

Acceptance of male rape myths among college men and women

College students (157 men and 158 women; predominantly white middle class) from psychology courses at a midwestern university rated their agreement with statements reflecting myths that male rape

Rape myth acceptance: Exploration of its structure and its measurement using the Illinois Rape Myth Acceptance Scale.

Abstract A series of six studies were conducted to explore the structure underlying rape myths and to develop the 45-itemIllinois Rape Myth Acceptance Scale(“IRMA”). In the first study, 604

How Ambivalent Sexism Toward Women and Men Support Rape Myth Acceptance

The goal of this study was to determine how ambivalent sexism toward women and men are both associated with rape myth acceptance. The Illinois Rape Myth Acceptance scale, Ambivalent Sexism Inventory,

Gender Differences in Rape Reporting

This paper compares male and female rapereporting behavior. Participants from National Crime andVictimization Survey data (90% female, 10% male) aremuch like victims of other violent crimes

Perceptions of stranger and acquaintance rape: the role of benevolent and hostile sexism in victim blame and rape proclivity.

It is shown that benevolent sexism and hostile sexism underpin different assumptions about women that generate sexist reactions toward rape victims and that these assumptions are mediated by different perceptions of the victim.

But She Was Unfaithful: Benevolent Sexism and Reactions to Rape Victims Who Violate Traditional Gender Role Expectations

The role of benevolent sexism (BS) in accounting for victim blame in an acquaintance rape case was investigated. Participants were presented with vignettes that described an acquaintance rape.

Perceptions of sexual coercion in heterosexual dating relationships: The role of aggressor gender and tactics

Examination of the impact of initiator gender and sexually coercive strategy on perceptions of the aggressor, victim, behavior, and relationship quality indicated that men who coerce are viewed as aggressive; women who coerced are seen as promiscuous.

Male rape: offenders and victims.

The impact of rape on the male victims was similar to that on female victims, disrupting their biopsychosocial functioning; however, male rape appears to be underreported due to the stigma associated with it.