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Psychol Rep. 1999 Aug;85(1):32-4.

Rape and physical attractiveness: judgments concerning likelihood of victimization.

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Department of Health and Social Behavior, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA.


Subjects in two studies were shown portraits of 32 young women who varied widely in physical attractiveness. Subjects were told that half of these women had been victims of a crime and half had not. Their job was to sort the portraits correctly into those two categories. In both studies, attractive women were more often categorized as victims of rape. In Study 2, attractive women were not more likely to be categorized as having been beaten and robbed. Correlation analyses showed that the association between physical attractiveness and presumed criminal victimization was significantly higher for rape than for being beaten and robbed.

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