Variables That Lead to Attribution of Blame or Responsibility to Victims of Rape

Dennis Williams, Univ. of South Carolina , Spartanburg

Research conducted using college students shows that the gender of the victim, race of the victim, dress of the victim, relationship to the perpetrator, and the length of resistance are contributing factors in the attribution of blame or responsibility to the victim of rape. Research also shows that the age, race, gender, and rape myth acceptance of the participants influence their views toward responsibility for rape. Although rape is a violent criminal act, it is not always the perpetrator of the crime that is held responsible in our society.

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Updated 05/20/2006