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Rape Myths, Rape Definitions, and Probability of Conviction
Version of Record online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 11, Issue 3, pages 212–230, June 1981
How to Cite
Burt, M. R. and Albin, R. S. (1981), Rape Myths, Rape Definitions, and Probability of Conviction. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 11: 212–230. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1981.tb00739.x
- Issue online: 31 JUL 2006
- Version of Record online: 31 JUL 2006
Feminist analyses of rape hypothesize that adherence to rape myths affects the inclusiveness or restrictiveness of rape definitions, with numerous practical consequences. The results of this research support that hypothesis. The paper also critiques the experimental vignette methodology frequently used to investigate rape definitions. In the process of exploring its cectral hypothesis, this analysis demonstrates the importance and feasibility of using additional techniques to achieve a fuller understanding of factors affecting rape definitions.