Title

Perceptions of Incapacitated Heterosexual Sexual Assault: Influences of Relationship Status, Perpetrator Intoxication, and Post-Assault Sleeping Arrangements

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-29-2015

Publication Title

Violence Against Women

DOI

10.1177/1077801215612599

Abstract

This investigation explored college students’ victim-blaming behaviors in perceptions of incapacitated rape. Participants received a vignette about a man who had sexual intercourse with a woman who had lost consciousness due to alcohol, with the conditions varied across the vignettes: the relationship between the parties, the alcohol use of the man, and the post-assault sleeping arrangements. Results revealed that when the man was a stranger, participants attributed less responsibility for the incident to him, but were more likely to label the incident as “rape.” Neither the alcohol use of the man nor the post-assault sleeping arrangements significantly influenced participants’ perceptions.

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