|Victim falsification is an issue that is unique to female victims of the
crime of rape. A national study of sexual victimization on college campuses
showed that the rate of rape victimization among young college women is
disproportionately high. Despite the significance of research concerning
rape victim believability among college students, few studies have explored
predictors of their attitudes about victim falsification. This research
represents a pilot study of college students' opinions about the extent of
false claims of rape. This study will test a path analytic model of
attitudes separately for males and females. It is hypothesized that
sociocultural factors, such as subject's level of acceptance of traditional
gender role stereotypes and acceptance of interpersonal violence, as well as
background variables like socioeconomic status, and religiosity will
distinguish level of agreement with statements about victim falsification.
Possible avenues for intervention, especially education, are discussed.
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