Sex Roles

, Volume 65, Issue 11–12, pp 783–791 | Cite as

Beyond Christianity: The Status of Women and Rape Myths

Feminist Forum


The Edwards et al. (2011) paper is an important review of several rape myths that are prevalent in American culture. When discussing religion, Edwards et al. (2011) present a rather thorough review of the presence of such rape myths in Christianity but lack a discussion of rape myths in other religions. Given the profound influence of religion on culture, notably the treatment of women, it is important to go beyond Christianity in a discussion of rape myths. Although there is much attention given to the treatment of women in Islam, the current paper will address religions that often receive less attention as well. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to review the treatment of women and the use of rape myths in non-Western religions.


Rape myths Religion Islam Hinduism Buddhism 



We are grateful to Martin Forward for his help in preparing this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyAurora UniversityAuroraUSA

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