Sex Roles

, Volume 62, Issue 7–8, pp 505–519 | Cite as

Social Perception of Rape Victims in Dating and Married Relationships: The Role of Perpetrator’s Benevolent Sexism

  • Mercedes Durán
  • Miguel Moya
  • Jesús L. Megías
  • G. Tendayi Viki
Original Article


Two hypothetical scenario studies examined how situational, perpetrator, and observer factors affect blame towards rape victims. In Study 1, Spanish high school students (N = 206) read about a rape committed by a boyfriend or husband who was described as benevolently sexist or not. Study 2 (N = 201 British college students) replicated and extended Study 1 by adding a condition in which the rapist was described as a hostile sexist. In both studies, participants’ benevolent sexism scores predicted more victim blame when the rapist was described as a husband (but not a boyfriend) who held benevolently sexist attitudes. Study 2 showed that participants’ hostile sexism scores predicted more victim blame when the rapist was described as a hostile sexist.


Ambivalent sexism Intimate relationships Rape Victim blame 



This research was supported by the award of a predoctoral studentship (FPU Grant No, AP/2006-612) by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science (Ministerio de Educacion y Ciencia) to the first author, and Grants No. SEJ2007-65816/PSIC from the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science and No. P06-HUM-01437 from the Andalucian Regional Government. Portions of this research were presented at the XVth General Meeting of the European Association of Experimental Social Psychology in Opatija, Croatia, June, 2008. We gratefully acknowledge the helpful feedback from the anonymous reviewer and the editor, and especially the feedback and suggestions from Peter Glick.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mercedes Durán
    • 1
  • Miguel Moya
    • 2
    • 5
  • Jesús L. Megías
    • 3
  • G. Tendayi Viki
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Social PsychologyUniversidad de GranadaGranadaSpain
  2. 2.Department of Social PsychologyUniversidad de GranadaGranadaSpain
  3. 3.Department of Experimental PsychologyUniversidad de GranadaGranadaSpain
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Kent at CanterburyCanterburyEngland
  5. 5.Department of Social Psychology, Facultad de PsicologíaGranadaSpain

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