Abstract: Stereotyping Effects on Rape Support and Victim Blaming
Mentor Dr. Russell Kolts, Dept. of Psychology
Every day thousands of women are victims of a sexual assault or rape. It is estimated that 600,000 rapes occur each year. Nevertheless, in a sense we are all victims, because rape and fear of rape are a daily part of every woman's consciousness (Jimenez & Abreu, 2003). There are several factors to take into consideration when discussing rape and sexual coercion. One potentially important issue when looking at rape is represented by racial stereotyping and how continual prejudices and predetermined notions may influence who is considered the victim in a rape situation, as well as who is to blame. In addition, prosecution and sentencing of rape perpetrators are also adversely affected by racial stereotypes (Jimenez & Abreu, 2003).
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