Title

Perceptions of Rape Based on the Sex of the Perpetrator and Victim

Date

5-26-2016 11:45 AM

End Time

26-5-2016 12:00 PM

Location

WUC Santiam Room

Department

Behavioral Sciences

Session Chair

Jaime M. Cloud

Session Title

Behavioral Sciences

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Joel Alexander

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

This research study investigated the perceptions of rape based on the sex of the perpetrator and the victim. Hypotheses predicted that subjects will perceive rape incidents as more severe when the perpetrator is male compared to female and incidents involving female victims will be seen as more severe compared incidents involving male victims. A total of 40 subjects, ages 18 and older, participated in the study. Subjects were assigned to one of four conditions that involved a perpetrator and victim rape incident. The conditions are male perpetrator/female victim, male/male, female/male, and female/female. Subjects read a story regarding a rape incident that corresponded to the condition they were assigned and were then asked to rate their perception of the incident’s severity. Next, subjects were asked to give the reason for their perception of severity: the sex of the perpetrator or the sex of the victim. This study is a 2 Sex (Male, Female) x 2 Sex (Male, Female) experiment with the independent variables being the sex of the perpetrator and sex of the victim, and the dependent variable being perceptions of severity. Results are forthcoming.

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May 26th, 11:45 AM May 26th, 12:00 PM

Perceptions of Rape Based on the Sex of the Perpetrator and Victim

WUC Santiam Room

This research study investigated the perceptions of rape based on the sex of the perpetrator and the victim. Hypotheses predicted that subjects will perceive rape incidents as more severe when the perpetrator is male compared to female and incidents involving female victims will be seen as more severe compared incidents involving male victims. A total of 40 subjects, ages 18 and older, participated in the study. Subjects were assigned to one of four conditions that involved a perpetrator and victim rape incident. The conditions are male perpetrator/female victim, male/male, female/male, and female/female. Subjects read a story regarding a rape incident that corresponded to the condition they were assigned and were then asked to rate their perception of the incident’s severity. Next, subjects were asked to give the reason for their perception of severity: the sex of the perpetrator or the sex of the victim. This study is a 2 Sex (Male, Female) x 2 Sex (Male, Female) experiment with the independent variables being the sex of the perpetrator and sex of the victim, and the dependent variable being perceptions of severity. Results are forthcoming.