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Attributions of Blame in Sexual Assault to Perpetrators and Victims of Both Genders1
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 34, Issue 10, pages 2149–2165, October 2004
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Gerber, G. L., Cronin, J. M. and Steigman, H. J. (2004), Attributions of Blame in Sexual Assault to Perpetrators and Victims of Both Genders. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 34: 2149–2165. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2004.tb02694.x
This research was supported in part by a grant from the Forensic Psychology Research Institute at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
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Previous research found that men attribute more blame to rape victims than do women; men also attribute less blame to perpetrators. In rape situations with a male perpetrator and a female victim, the roles of perpetrator and victim are confounded with gender category. To determine whether men are more lenient toward perpetrators or toward other males, the present study examined attributions of blame in scenarios that varied the gender category of both perpetrator and victim. Results showed that men's and women's attributions of blame to perpetrators were based on the role that was enacted, rather than gender per se: Men attributed less blame to perpetrators than did women, regardless of the perpetrator's gender category, indicating that men were more lenient toward perpetrators than were women. In addition, when the victim was female, the perpetrator was blamed more and the victim was blamed less than when the victim was male.