Cultural Myths and Supports for Rape

What influences victim blaming in rape?

Rape Myths and the Search for True Justice

Dispelling the Myth of the Girl Who Cried Rape

Labour MP: ‘Biased Juries Are Failing Women In Rape Trials’

Corroborating evidence, rape myths and stereotypes: A vicious circle of attrition

Five Myths About Sexual Violence

(CBC) Lenore Lukasik, chair of the Ontario Coalition for Rape Crisis Centers, talks about the five myths of sexual violence.

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Juries may need to be scrapped because they believe rape myths

Rape and Sexual Assault Myths: Examining Their Prevalence in the Criminal Justice System and Greater Society

To Catch a Sex Thief: The Burden of Performance in Rape and Sexual Assault Trials

'Dark Days' Juries should be Scrapped in rape cases because they don’t believe drunk women, claims MP

Blaming victims of rape: Studies on rape myths and beliefs about rape

Public should be excluded from rape trials, Northern Ireland inquiry finds

How Police Still Fail Rape Victims

Rape myths inflict more harm on victims

You should know these 5 rape statistics

334. 63. 13. 7. 6.

These five numbers tell an important story about rape culture in America.

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Enduring myths about rape victims lead to acquittals, says chief prosecutor

Making Judgments: How Blame Mediates the Influence of Rape Myth Acceptance in Police Response to Sexual Assault

Prosecuting rape cases and serious sexual assaults: the debate continues

Rape myths and misconceptions

Rape myths inflict more harm on victims

Rape as Viewed By Judges, Prosecutors, and Police Officers

Tackle 'unconscious bias' in rape trial jurors, says top prosecutor

The Impact of Bias and Myths in the Criminal Justice System

Jurors in rape cases should be vetted, researchers say

The influence of ‘High’ vs. ‘Low’ rape myth acceptance on police officers' judgements of victim and perpetrator responsibility, and rape authenticity

Educating Juries in Sexual Assault Cases - Using Voir Dire to Eliminate Jury Bias

Juror attitudes and biases in sexual assault cases

Juries have no place in rape trials. They simply can’t be trusted

Voir Dire and Prosecution  Tips for Sexual Assault Cases

Responding to the challenge of rape myths in court. A guide for prosecutors

Different functions of rape myth use in court: findings from a trial observation study

Burt, M.R. (1980). Cultural Myths and supports for rape. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

Media’s Influence on Rape Myth Acceptance, Reactions to Sexual Assault

University of Michigan psychology professor Pamela McAuslan, PhD, gives a talk on the media's role in promoting sexual culture.

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Rape Myth

This Article is About the Misconceptions of Rape

[Excerpted from Wikipedia]

Rape myths are prejudicial, stereotyped and false beliefs about sexual assaults, rapists, and rape victims. They often serve to excuse sexual aggression, create hostility toward victims, and bias criminal prosecution.

Extensive research has been conducted about types, acceptance, and impact of rape myths. Rape myths significantly influence the perspectives of jurors, investigative agencies, judges, perpetrators, and victims. False views about rape lead to victim blaming, shaming, questioning of the victim's honesty, and other problems. Determination of the guilt of the accused, and sentencing for sexual crimes, are also influenced by these beliefs.

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In 1980, Martha Burt published the first major study of rape myth acceptance. Burt defined rape myths as "prejudicial, stereotyped and false beliefs about rape, rape victims and rapists" which create "a climate hostile to rape victims." Burt's definition has been widely used.

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Rape myths can cause victims of rape to blame themselves for their rape, or to not report their assault, and they can also shape the responses of judges and juries, causing a negative impact on rape victims. Some studies have shown that police officers are often distrustful of rape victims' account of their victimization, and that many of them believe some common rape myths.

One analysis by Patricia Yancey Martin, John R. Reynolds and Shelley Keith suggested that "a judiciary made up solely of men differs from one made up of more equal proportions of women and men."  (Read more...)

Rape Myths - Pavan Amara - TEDxUCLWomen

Pavan Amara talks is a nurse and journalist who founded the ‘My Body Back Project.’ She talks about the misconceptions surrounding rape. For more information you can go to www.mybodybackproject.com

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Rape Myth

Educating Juries in Sexual Assault Cases

Rape Myth Acceptance: Exploration of Its Structure and Its Measurement Using the Illinois Rape Myth Acceptance Scale

Date rape: Misconceptions about presumption of innocence

A brief report on rape myth acceptance: differences between police officers, law students, and psychology students in the United Kingdom

Attribution of blame in rape cases: A review of the impact of rape myth acceptance, gender role conformity and substance use on victim blaming

Rape myth acceptance: Cognitive, affective, and behavioural effects of beliefs that blame the victim and exonerate the perpetrator

Rape Myths, Rape Definitions, and Probability of Conviction

Rape Culture: Has it Become Normalized in Society?

Two Nobel peace prize winners who campaign against sex as a weapon of war. A new US Supreme Court Justice has been accused of sex abuse when he was a teenager. Brett Kavanaugh, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, - the list goes on. So do the crimes - why?  (YouTube)

22 signs we live in a rape culture 

About sexual violence: Myths vs realities

Educating Juries in Sexual Assault Cases

Responding to the challenge of rape myths in court - A guide for prosecutors

Is jury bias preventing justice for rape victims?

Rape Myths: History, Individual and Institutional-Level Presence, and Implications for Change

Why don’t women report rape? Because most get no justice when they do

Corroborating evidence, rape myths and stereotypes: A vicious circle of attrition

Juror attitudes and biases in sexual assault cases

The Myths About Rape: Panel Discussion

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, Rosamund Horwood-Smart QC, and Professor of Law Joanne Conaghan set the record straight and explain why changing the debate around rape, which has long been dominated by ideological and fixed views, is crucial to prevention.  (YouTube)