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J Interpers Violence. 2015 Jun;30(10):1615-32. doi: 10.1177/0886260514549196. Epub 2014 Sep 18.

There are no "innocent victims": the influence of just world beliefs and prior victimization on rape myth acceptance.

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1
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA rvond001@odu.edu.
2
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA.

Abstract

Utilizing data from an online survey of 979 university students, this study explores the relationship between prior sexual assault victimization experiences, belief in a just world, and acceptance of rape myths. Results indicated that men, younger respondents, and those with less education were more likely to support rape myths. Support for just world beliefs and rape myths were also positively associated, while rape victims exhibited less support for rape myths than non-victims. Implications for future studies are discussed.

KEYWORDS:

just world beliefs; rape myths; sexual assault; victimization

PMID:
25236676
DOI:
10.1177/0886260514549196
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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