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Public Opinion About #MeToo Victims and Offenders: A Nationwide Experiment.

Authors
  • Shi, Luzi1
  • 1 Department of Criminal Justice, 10646Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Violence against women
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2022
Volume
28
Issue
12-13
Pages
3154–3173
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/10778012211054868
PMID: 34882031
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

During the #MeToo movement, many sexual assault survivors are discredited because of their delay in disclosure or failure to report to the police. The current study investigates which factors influence public opinion towards sexual assault victims and offenders by analyzing data from a national factorial survey. Results show disclosing the offense immediately to the public, reporting to the police, and having a witness are positively related to punitive attitudes towards the offender, via increased perceived credibility of the victim. The results highlight the importance of understanding extralegal factors in shaping stereotypic views about sexual assault in the #MeToo era.

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