Re-Victimising the Victim: Intrasexual Competition and its Importance in Understanding Victim Blaming

Knyn, Johanna (2013). Re-Victimising the Victim: Intrasexual Competition and its Importance in Understanding Victim Blaming Honours Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Knyn, Johanna
Thesis Title Re-Victimising the Victim: Intrasexual Competition and its Importance in Understanding Victim Blaming
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2013-10-09
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Shelli Dubbs
Total pages 61
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Abstract/Summary Female victims of rape are often re-victimised by the myths associated with the crime. Individuals appear to believe that rape should occur according to a script they have in their heads. When an actual rape deviates from this script, victims are targeted with suspicion and caution. This thesis proposes that the evolutionary theory of intrasexual competition influences the way in which people perceive victims of rape. Participants (N = 127) were presented with a rape scenario varying in familiarity and asked to make judgements on the victim, perpetrator and the crime itself. Intrasexual competition and rape myth attitudes were also assessed. It was found that participants engaged in more victim blaming when the rapist was more familiar to the victim. It was also found that women who were more intrasexually competitive engaged in more frequent victim blaming. An interaction between intrasexual competition and familiarity was found such that women who viewed other women as rivals engaged in more frequent victim blaming, especially when the victim-rapist relationship existed before the rape. Implications and future directions are discussed.
Keyword intrasexual competition
victim blaming

 
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