Perpetrating The Myth: Exploring Media Accounts of Rape Myths on “Women’s” Networks

  title={Perpetrating The Myth: Exploring Media Accounts of Rape Myths on “Women’s” Networks},
  author={Stacie Merken and Veronyka James},
  journal={Deviant Behavior},
  pages={1176 - 1191}
ABSTRACT The majority of sexual assault victims knew their perpetrator, yet despite this, there remains a societal conceptualization that sexual assault is committed by strangers. These misperceptions stem in part from popular TV shows, specifically dramas, which further perpetuate various rape myths. This exploratory research examines media portrayals of sexual assault in American fictional and non-fictional crime shows (e.g., Law and Order: SVU, Snapped) on “women’s networks” which is an… 
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