Sexual Assault Law, Credibility, and 'Ideal Victims': Consent, Resistance, and Victim Blaming

@article{Randall2010SexualAL,
  title={Sexual Assault Law, Credibility, and 'Ideal Victims': Consent, Resistance, and Victim Blaming},
  author={M. Randall},
  journal={Sexuality & the Law eJournal},
  year={2010}
}
  • M. Randall
  • Published 2010
  • Sociology
  • Sexuality & the Law eJournal
  • The archetype of the ideal sexual assault victim still functions to disqualify many complainants' accounts of their sexual assault experiences. To this extent, the "ideal victim" myth continues to undermine the credibility of those women who are seen to deviate too far from stereotypical notions of "authentic" victims and too far from what are assumed to be predictable and "reasonable" victim responses. Credibility assessments, which are absolutely pivotal in sexual assault trials, remain… CONTINUE READING
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