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Effects of perpetrator characteristics and participants belief in a just world on blame attribution of rape victims

Authors Helen Alfredsson
Leif Strömwall
Sara Landström
Published in the 21th Conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law (EAPL), 2010, Miami.
Publication year 2011
Published at Department of Psychology
Language en
Keywords rape blame, perpetrator characteristics, belief in a just world
Subject categories Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified


Rape victims are often the subject of secondary victimization when being blamed for their assaults. In an experiment using a community sample (N=161), we investigated the effect of perpetrator characteristics; age and previous conviction, participants gender and belief in a just world on blame attributions using a vignette methodology. Results show that female participants attributed most victim blame when the perpetrator had a previous conviction, although male participants attributed most victim blame when the perpetrator had no such history. It seems as features of the perpetrator can influence allocation of victim blame and that gender of the observer also matters.

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