Sex Roles

, Volume 66, Issue 5–6, pp 392–404 | Cite as

College Student Perceptions of Criminal Justice System Responses to Stalking

  • Amy I. CassEmail author
  • André B. Rosay
Original Article


In the current study, a survey was administered to 513 U.S. undergraduate college students from a large east coast university to examine whether extra-legal factors influenced their personal judgments of criminal justice system responsiveness to stalking. MANOVA results indicated that students believed police and prosecutors would not treat analogous cases similarly (this bias was not apparent with judges). College students perceived that prior relationship and target/offender gender would impact arrest decisions, and that target/offender gender would also impact police investigations and the filing of criminal charges. Potential explanations and practical implications of these findings are discussed, as well as directions for future research.


Stalking Gender Perceptions Police Criminal justice responses 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.California State University, FullertonFullertonUSA
  2. 2.University of Alaska AnchorageAnchorageAlaska

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