Behavior displayed by female victims during rapes committed by lone and multiple perpetrators.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621764
Title:
Behavior displayed by female victims during rapes committed by lone and multiple perpetrators.
Authors:
Woodhams, Jessica; Hollin, Clive R.; Bull, Ray; Cooke, Claire
Abstract:
Research with both the general public and members of the criminal justice system reports a pervasive rape myth of a violent offender and a physically resistant victim. Despite research being conducted on victims' postrape behavior, few studies have examined victim behavior during sexual assaults, and many of those which have been conducted have tended to focus on physical resistance. This article reports two studies that examined qualitatively the behavior of female rape victims during sexual assaults. The first study is an analysis of 78 stranger sexual assaults, committed in the United Kingdom, by male offenders. The second study is an analysis of 89 allegations of stranger rape, again from the United Kingdom, perpetrated by multiple male suspects. Information about victim behavior was extracted from victims' accounts made to the police. More than 100 different victim behaviors were identified in each study, and more than 80 behaviors were common across studies. Myth-congruent behaviors were present in the sample; however, the behaviors engaged in by victims were complex and diverse. Indirect and face-saving communications were used by victims and are discussed in terms of expectations regarding victim behavior and rape stereotypes. The implications of the findings for training legal professionals, educating jurors, and counseling victims are discussed.
Affiliation:
University of Birmingham; University of Leicester; University of Gloucestershire
Citation:
Woodhams, J. et al (2012) 'Behavior displayed by female victims during rapes committed by lone and multiple perpetrators.', Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 18 (3):415
Publisher:
American Psychological Association
Journal:
Psychology, Public Policy, and Law
Issue Date:
Aug-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621764
DOI:
10.1037/a0026134
Additional Links:
http://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/law/
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
19391528
EISSN:
10768971
Sponsors:
N/A
Appears in Collections:
Derby Law School

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dc.contributor.authorWoodhams, Jessicaen
dc.contributor.authorHollin, Clive R.en
dc.contributor.authorBull, Rayen
dc.contributor.authorCooke, Claireen
dc.date.accessioned2017-07-20T14:20:56Z-
dc.date.available2017-07-20T14:20:56Z-
dc.date.issued2012-08-
dc.identifier.citationWoodhams, J. et al (2012) 'Behavior displayed by female victims during rapes committed by lone and multiple perpetrators.', Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 18 (3):415en
dc.identifier.issn19391528-
dc.identifier.doi10.1037/a0026134-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/621764-
dc.description.abstractResearch with both the general public and members of the criminal justice system reports a pervasive rape myth of a violent offender and a physically resistant victim. Despite research being conducted on victims' postrape behavior, few studies have examined victim behavior during sexual assaults, and many of those which have been conducted have tended to focus on physical resistance. This article reports two studies that examined qualitatively the behavior of female rape victims during sexual assaults. The first study is an analysis of 78 stranger sexual assaults, committed in the United Kingdom, by male offenders. The second study is an analysis of 89 allegations of stranger rape, again from the United Kingdom, perpetrated by multiple male suspects. Information about victim behavior was extracted from victims' accounts made to the police. More than 100 different victim behaviors were identified in each study, and more than 80 behaviors were common across studies. Myth-congruent behaviors were present in the sample; however, the behaviors engaged in by victims were complex and diverse. Indirect and face-saving communications were used by victims and are discussed in terms of expectations regarding victim behavior and rape stereotypes. The implications of the findings for training legal professionals, educating jurors, and counseling victims are discussed.en
dc.description.sponsorshipN/Aen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherAmerican Psychological Associationen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/law/en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Psychology, Public Policy, and Lawen
dc.subjectRape avoidanceen
dc.subjectResistanceen
dc.subjectCopingen
dc.subjectSexual assaulten
dc.subjectGroup rapeen
dc.titleBehavior displayed by female victims during rapes committed by lone and multiple perpetrators.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn10768971-
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Birminghamen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Leicesteren
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Gloucestershireen
dc.identifier.journalPsychology, Public Policy, and Lawen
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