The relationship of sex, gender role attitudes, and sexual orientation to blame attributed to rape victims by male and female undergraduates was examined. Men assigned more blame to victims than did women, and they assigned greater blame to male than to female victims. Traditional gender role attitudes were positively related to victim blame and to more negative attitudes toward gay men and lesbians, which in turn, was related to more blame being assigned to homosexual victims. This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.
Sexuality of Offenders
Sexuality of Offenders | Zero Abuse Project
Herek's blog. Follow DrGregoryHerek. Open bibliography in a separate window Members of disliked minority groups are often stereotyped as representing a danger to the majority's most vulnerable members. For example, Jews in the Middle Ages were accused of murdering Christian babies in ritual sacrifices. Black men in the United States were often lynched after being falsely accused of raping White women. In a similar fashion, gay people have often been portrayed as a threat to children. Back in , when Anita Bryant campaigned successfully to repeal a Dade County FL ordinance prohibiting anti-gay discrimination, she named her organization "Save Our Children," and warned that "a particularly deviant-minded [gay] teacher could sexually molest children" Bryant, , p.
Effects of Victim Sex and Sexual Orientation on Perceptions of Rape
Gay, lesbian, and bisexual men and women may have increased risk of being sexual assaulted compared to heterosexual people. Several factors could account for the higher risk, among them that these groups have fewer rights and are more discriminated against. A new study led by School of Public Health researchers has found that across 75 different research reports, lesbian and bisexual women may be up to 3 times as likely as heterosexual women to report having been sexually assaulted in their lifetime, and gay men appear to be about 15 times as likely as heterosexual men to report the same.
At JWRC, we work to educate families and community members about steps they can take to help prevent sexual abuse in their own families, organizations and communities. There are several myths that we work to dismantle for our audiences so that they can be aware of the real risks and can better protect the children in their lives. Science and case management experience has shown us that most child molesters are heterosexual.