Title

Prevalence of Rape Myths in Headlines and their Effects on Attitudes Toward Rape Victims

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2008

Keywords

Sexual assault, Rape myths, Media, News headlines, Attitudes towards rape

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-007-9372-4

Abstract

The present research investigated the prevalence and effects of rape myths in newspaper headlines. In study 1, a content analysis of online news headlines from US media (N = 555) surrounding the 2003–2004 Kobe Bryant sexual assault case showed that 10% endorsed a rape myth. In study 2, students at a mid-sized university in the mid-western USA (N = 154) read headlines endorsing or not endorsing rape myths. Male participants exposed to myth-endorsing headlines were (a) less likely to think Bryant was guilty than those exposed to non-myth headlines, (b) more likely to hold rape-supportive attitudes than those exposed to non-myth headlines, and (c) more likely to hold rape-supportive attitudes than were female participants exposed to myth-endorsing headlines.

Was this content written or created while at USF?

Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Sex Roles, v. 58, issue 11-12, p. 790-801

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