אונס גברים: ייחוסי אשמה לתוקף ולקורבן וייחוסי חומרה לאירוע

Translated title of the contribution: Male Rape: Attribution of blame to victim and offender, and of the severity of rape, as a function of the victim’s history and his behavior during and after the rape

Y. Idisis, D. Sharvit Menashe

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Abstract

The present study examined the attributions of blame and of severity of male rape cases. Sixty participants, 46 women and 14 men, were presented with eight rape scenarios; each including information about variables related to the victim’s pre-rape history of victimization (Yes/No), degree of resistance he exhibited during the rape (Weak/Strong), and behavior after the rape (meeting with the attacker – Yes/No). For each of the eight rape scenarios, participants were asked to assess the extent of the victim’s and the offender’s contributions to the rape, and the severity of the event on a scale of 1-10. As hypothesized, all variables influenced the attribution of blame to the victim. Most participants demonstrated stereotypical attitudes and endorsement of rape myths with regard to male victims. It is surprising that the highest level of blame was assigned as a function of victim’s behavior following the rape, since behavior after the fact has no bearing whatsoever on the commission of the crime. These findings are discussed with respect to Defensive Attribution Theory, Just World Theory and the sociology of emotions.
Translated title of the contributionMale Rape: Attribution of blame to victim and offender, and of the severity of rape, as a function of the victim’s history and his behavior during and after the rape
Original languageHebrew
Pages (from-to)11-44
Number of pages34
Journalקרימינולוגיה ישראלית
Volume4
StatePublished - 2015

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