PERCEIVED MOTIVATION FOR RAPE: GENDER DIFFERENCES IN BELIEFS ABOUT FEMALE AND MALE RAPE

Two popular explanations for rape exist in our culture
Author: 
Anderson,Irene
Swainson,Victoria
Reprint Status: 
IN FILE
Start Page: 
107
End Page: 
122
Journal/Periodical Name: 
Current Research in Social Psychology
Volume: 
6
Issue: 
8
Abstract: 
The present study directs attention to observers' beliefs and perceptions about male and female rape. To date, there are two explanations for rape motivation; that rape is a sexually motivated act or that rape is an act motivated by power. Data from 120 participants suggests that rape is still regarded as being a crime motivated by sex rather than power. In addition, it is suggested that most men support the view of rape as a sexually motivated act despite the belief that the feminist explanation for rape (i.e., motivated by power) was becoming more acceptable to the general population.
Topic Areas: 
Male-female relations; myths/stereotypes; perpetration
Reference Type: 
JOUR
Reference ID: 
2362
Publication Date: 
2001/04/17