EVALUATION OF RAPE VICTIM BY MEN AND WOMEN WITH HIGH AND LOW BELIEF IN A JUST WORLD

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  • The authors express appreciation to Bruno M. Kappes for his helpful suggestions. We also thank Sharon Araji, Dick Bruce, Bob Madigan, Jack Peterson, Todd Risley, and Karen Seccombe for their assistance in providing research participants.

Address correspondence to: Chris L. Kleinke, Psychology Department, University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK 99508.

Abstract

Men with high belief in a just world evaluated a videotaped rape victim more negatively than did men with low belief in a just world. Women with high belief in a just world were less negative toward the rape victim than women with low belief in a just world. Participants with low belief in a just world recommended significantly longer prison sentences for the rapist. Evaluations of the rapist and rape victim were not influenced by information about the outcome of the case (the rapist was never caught, the rapist was caught and sentenced to either 1 or 15 years in prison). Implications for just-world beliefs of jurors in rape trials were discussed.

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