Sex Differences in Attribution of Victim Blame for Acquaintance Rape
Chalk, Linda M.
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Research on attribution of victim blame for rape has often focused on identifying sex differences, and other studies have discussed attribution of victim blame specifically for acquaintance rape, but rarely have sex differences in attribution been brought together with the acquaintance rape situation. This paper reflects an attempt to combine the two factors in a single study, in which subjects read two acquaintance rape scenarios and evaluated a set of statements which followed. Significant sex differences were found in blame attribution which corresponded to the research hypotheses, with the overall conclusion that males tended to blame the acquaintance rape victim more than females as measured in the study. The research methodology, results, and discussion will be presented following a review of the current body of literature.