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Authors: James D. Orcutt and Rebecca Faison

Title: Sex-Role Attitude Change and Reporting of Rape Victimization, 1973-1985

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Journal: The Sociological Quarterly

Volume: 29

Issue: 4

Year: December 1988 (Published online: April 21, 2005)

Pages: 589-604

ISSN: 0038-0253 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1533-8525 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | American History: U.S. History | Prosecution: Police, Reporting



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Abstract: »This article examines the relationship between sex-role attitude change and female victims' reports of rape incidents to police in an analysis of time-series data from national attitude surveys of college freshmen and adults, and from annual victimization surveys. Declining support for traditional sex-role attitudes among both college women and men is strongly related to an increase in the proportion of rapes by nonstranger assailants that were reported to police from 1973 to 1985. However, victims' reports of rapes by strangers are more closely related to offenders' use of weapons during sexual assaults. These findings and other evidence against alternative explanations suggest that the cultural bases for “rape myths” have eroded during the 1970s and 1980s, and that broader definitions of rape have contributed to increased reporting of certain forms of sexual assault to police.« (Source: Sociological Quarterly)


  Measures (p. 592)
  Results (p. 593)
    Descriptive Statistics and Trends (p. 593)
    CIRP Attitudes and Rape Reporting (p. 594)
    GSS Attitudes and Rape Reporting (p. 597)
  Discussion and Conclusion (p. 598)
  Acknowledgments (p. 601)
  Notes (p. 601)
  References (p. 603)

Reprint: Orcutt, James D., et al. »Sex-Role Attitude Change and Reporting of Rape Victimization, 1973-1985.« Criminal Behavior: Text and Readings in Criminology . Second Edition. Edited by Delos H. Kelly. New York 1990: 79-93. – Bibliographic Entry: Info

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