"Attitudes Toward Rape suggests strategies for changing ideas about sexual assault, including the types of research and media campaigns that are needed. Anyone who wants factual information about what people believe about sexual assault or wants to change those perceptions should read this book." --The Women's Advocate "The book is an excellent introduction to much of what is known about the treatment of rape and rape victims in our society. The text is well-written clear and easy to read and will be particularly interesting as a general introduction to those not familiar with the area (my partner read parts of it and he said he learned a lot!) and to students/researchers who may find Attitudes Toward Rape useful as a reference guide to the proliferation of studies on rape." --Irina Anderson in BPS Psychology of Women Section Newsletter A probing examination of popular perceptions about sexual violence, this volume provides a critical review of empirical research on rape myths and attitudes. The author draws on case studies, surveys, experiments, and fieldwork to explore how rape is defined; who is seen as responsible for sexual assault; and how rape can be prevented. The research reveals biased and prejudicial attitudes at both institutional and individual levels toward rape victims. This comprehensive and informed volume concludes by suggesting strategies for changing attitudes through the use of social action research that is designed to raise consciousness and improve services for victims of sexual assault. Essential reading for social and clinical psychologists, Attitudes Toward Rape is also an important reference for those working in counseling and women's studies as well as social work and criminal justice.
PART ONE: A CIRCLE IN THE MAKING
Attitudes toward Rape and Rape Victims
Rape Perceptions and Attributions
Social and Institutional Responses to Rape
Returning to the Victim
PART TWO: A CIRCLE IN THE BREAKING