Victim Blaming Others: Rape Myth Acceptance and the Just World Belief

Rebecca M. Hayes, Katherine Lorenz, Kristin A. Bell

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Rape myth acceptance which are false beliefs regarding the incidence of sexual assault, and are more prevalent among males, may influence how victims are treated. Acceptance of the just world belief (JWB), which argues that individuals believe that people get what they deserve, may be a predictor of rape myth acceptance. The present study examined the relationship among gender, belief in a just world, and rape myth acceptance. Findings suggest that while gender remained a significant predictor of rape myth acceptance the relationship between just world belief and rape myth acceptance was more complicated than hypothesized. Suggestions for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-220
Number of pages19
JournalFeminist Criminology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2013


  • just world belief
  • rape
  • social construction
  • victim blaming
  • victimology (general)


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