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Factors That Influence Rape Myths Acceptance in the United Kingdom and Cyprus

Sazou, Cleopatra (2021) Factors That Influence Rape Myths Acceptance in the United Kingdom and Cyprus. Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

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Abstract

Several feminists, including sociologists Julia and Herman Schwendinger, introduced the first definition of rape myths during the 1970s. Rape myths consist of misleading stereotypes that seek to make the offender appear innocent and blame the survivor. In 1974, Brownmiller identified rape myths as being representative of most pseudo-scientific investigations into women's sexuality, including being frequently quoted by investigators who are not specialists in this subject. These myths hide the actual existence of rape. It is therefore vital to consider why such myths exist, despite several societies seeking to decrease the incidence of rape, provide unbiased juries, and increase women's inclusion in society.

This research examines the factors impacting the acceptance of rape myths in the United Kingdom and Cypriot population, including a comparison of the differences and similarities between these two cultures.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
Depositing User: Rebecca Hill
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2022 15:14
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2022 15:15
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/35643

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