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Two Sides of the Same Coin: The Relationship Between Modern Racism and Rape Blaming Attitudes among Swedish Students and Community Members.

Authors
  • Sjöberg, Mattias1, 2
  • Sarwar, Farhan2
  • 1 Department of Psychology, 4396Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK.
  • 2 Department of Police Education, Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden. , (Sweden)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Psychological Reports
Publisher
SAGE Publications
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2022
Volume
125
Issue
1
Pages
545–564
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/0033294120978158
PMID: 33308009
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The objective of this study is to investigate the relationship between modern racism and rape victim and perpetrator blame, and rape perception. Participants from both a community population (n = 211) and a student population (n = 200) read a rape vignette and provided their judgements of blame towards a victim and perpetrator, their perception of the event as rape, and later answered the modern racism scale. Results showed a significant positive relationship between modern racism and rape victim blame (r = .35, R2 × 100 = 12.1%), while modern racism had a significant negative relationship with perpetrator blame (r = -.27, R2 × 100 = 7.5%) and rape perception (r = -.29, R2 × 100 = 8.7%). Implications for the criminal justice system as well as suggestions for future research were discussed.

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