From rape myths to police response: are rape myths as prevalent within the police as commonly assumed?

Atkinson, Trevor (2014) From rape myths to police response: are rape myths as prevalent within the police as commonly assumed? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The aim of the study was to research how rape myths influence police officers receiving and responding to reports of rape from female rape victims. Furthermore, the research was to identify whether rape myths have any influence on the professional practices of police officers who receive and respond to reports of rape. The objectives of the study included conducting a literature review and secondary research on key aspects of rape and rape myths. In addition, objectives included conducting primary research into the attitudes to rape and rape myths held by police response officers and officers from the Rape Crime Unit (RCU) within the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). Participants completed a questionnaire which was based on the Illinois Rape Myth Acceptance Scale (IRMAS) which was followed by discussion with a focus group which comprised of a selected group of respondents. The results disclosed a variety of themes and that rape myths were not as prevalent with police officers as once assumed. This explorative study provides support for further research on rape myths and their influence on police officers, their decision making and interaction with victims.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2015 14:24
    Last Modified: 06 Mar 2015 14:24
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/16905

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