Davies, Michelle and Boden, Stephanie J.
Examining the sexual preference effect in depicted male sexual assault.
Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 4
Purpose – This study aims to investigate the sexual preference effect in depicted male sexual assault. Consistent with Davies et al., the study seeks to predict that males are more blaming toward gay victims of male perpetrators and heterosexual victims of female perpetrators, while females would not blame the victim.
Design/methodology/approach – In total, 200 participants read a hypothetical scenario depicting a case of the non-consensual touching of an adult male, and then completed a victim blame scale.
Findings – Analysis of variance confirmed predictions. Results are discussed in relation to gender beliefs and homophobia. Suggestions for future work are proposed.
Originality/value – This study confirms the existence of the sexual preference effect in attributions toward male victims of sexual assault utilising a scenario depicting non-consensual touching. These findings extend current knowledge in this growing area.
Uncontrolled Keywords (separate with ;):
assault; attributions; behaviour; sex and gender issues; sexual assault; sexual preference effect; victim blame;