Male rape: public perceptions surrounding myths and attributions of blame

Collings, Sarah (2016) Male rape: public perceptions surrounding myths and attributions of blame. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Unlike female rape, relatively little is known about rape where the victims are male. Legally, male rape was not recognised as a crime until as recently as 1994. This dissertation aims to explore public perceptions of male rape, with particular focus on male rape myths and attributions of blame towards victims. The dissertation has two main objectives. Firstly, to review previous literature; this showed that although research is 20 years behind that of female rape the review has highlighted several key aspects of the crime of male rape. The review has established the prevalence of male rape, possible theories and understandings, as well as several misunderstandings of the crime. Secondly, to conduct primary research through an online questionnaire to gather perceptions of a number of aspects surrounding male rape, in order to gain a better understanding.
    The main findings from this research showed that the acceptance of male rape myths and attributions of blame to be lower than initially expected, and to have decreased over time from similar previous studies. That said, the research showed there were still instances of high levels of belief in links between masculinity, homosexuality, and stereotypical perceptions when considering male rape. In line with previous literature, it was found gender, age, and sexual orientation also had an impact on views of this crime. While the findings support the main arguments of previous literature, even if to a slightly lesser extent, we can conclude that continued work and research must be undertaken in order to stimulate awareness, to address misunderstandings surrounding male rape, and ultimately to improve the treatment of male rape victims.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2016 09:39
    Last Modified: 20 Oct 2016 09:39

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