Sex Roles

, Volume 60, Issue 5–6, pp 410–421

The Role of Gender and Ethnicity in Perceptions of Rape and Its Aftereffects

  • Lawrence J. Schneider
  • Lisa T. Mori
  • Paul L. Lambert
  • Anna O. Wong
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11199-008-9545-9

Cite this article as:
Schneider, L.J., Mori, L.T., Lambert, P.L. et al. Sex Roles (2009) 60: 410. doi:10.1007/s11199-008-9545-9

Abstract

Caucasian-, Hispanic-, and Asian-American male and female students (n = 764) attending a California (USA) public university reported their perceptions of sexual assault. After reading a rape vignette, participants gave their impressions of the victim; estimated time needed for recovery and treatment; and recommended a sentence for the assailant. Half of the sample received information regarding state sentencing guidelines. Relative to female participants, males perceived the victim as more responsible. Caucasian-American males had stronger reservation about the victim’s judgment. Males were less inclined to assign blame than were females. Ethnicity was the only factor influencing perceptions of recovery. Ethnicity and sentencing guidelines, but not gender, impacted imprisonment decisions. Issues impeding a unified theoretical understanding of perceptions of rape victims were considered.

Keywords

Rape Gender Ethnicity Recovery Sentencing 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lawrence J. Schneider
    • 1
  • Lisa T. Mori
    • 2
  • Paul L. Lambert
    • 1
  • Anna O. Wong
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyCalifornia State University-FullertonFullertonUSA

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