Sex Roles

, Volume 40, Issue 7–8, pp 617–634 | Cite as

Rape Perceptions as a Function of Gender-Role Traditionality and Victim-Perpetrator Association

  • Kelly Simonson
  • Linda Mezydlo Subich


Perceptions of stranger, acquaintance, date, andmarital rape scenarios and their relation to observers'gender-role traditionality were examined. PrimarilyCaucasian (81%)male and female undergraduates reported their reactions to one of four rapescenarios, attitudes toward men's and women's genderroles, and tendency toward a socially desirable responsestyle. The marital rape scenario was characterized less often as rape and considered less violent,less of a violation of the victim's rights and lesspsychologically damaging to the victim as compared tothe other scenarios. Observers holding less traditional gender-role stereotypes perceived rapescenarios overall as more serious and were less likelyto blame the victim. Also, an exploratory regressionanalysis revealed that gender did not add significantly to the prediction of rape perceptions beyondthe contribution of gender-role beliefs.


Regressionanalysis Social Psychology Female Undergraduate Marital Rape Rape Scenario 
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  • Linda Mezydlo Subich

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