Social Reactions to Acquaintance Sexual Assault: Perceptions of Responsibility and Blame

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Title: Social Reactions to Acquaintance Sexual Assault: Perceptions of Responsibility and Blame
Authors: Tomkins, Christie
Date: 2017
Abstract: Employing a mixed quantitative and qualitative methodology among undergraduate students at the University of Ottawa, this research has explored attributions about sexual assault and the role of perceived intoxication in the context of female and male victims of sexual assault. The use of qualitative methodology and the application of a feminist critique of attribution theory and its contemporary application to rape perception research have contributed to a better understanding of these judgements and the varied ways in which undergraduate students apply the core constructs of responsibility and blame to sexual assault, while simultaneously highlighting the limitations of typically positivistic research in this area. Analyses suggest that the judgements students make about the victims and perpetrators involved in sexual assault are varied and complex, and future research employing a similar methodology and theoretical lens among other populations, both within and outside post-secondary spheres, is warranted.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/35682
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-639
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