Rape Myth Acceptance Impacts the Reporting of Rape to the Police

  title={Rape Myth Acceptance Impacts the Reporting of Rape to the Police},
  author={Nicole M. Heath and Shannon M. Lynch and April M. Fritch and Maria M Wong},
  journal={Violence Against Women},
  pages={1065 - 1078}
We examined the association between rape myth acceptance (RMA) and reporting rapes to the police. Situational characteristics of the rape (e.g., stranger attack, injury) are known predictors of reporting, but no existing studies have examined the association between beliefs about rape and reporting. In addition, most studies of RMA do not assess victimization history. Incarcerated women experience high rates of sexual assaults prior to incarceration. We recruited 74 rape survivors from a… 
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