Punitive Attitudes Toward Sex Offenders: Does Offender Sex Matter?
To date, little research examines bias against female sexual offenders. Female sex offenders, specifically those with underage victims, receive lower sentencing as compared to their male counterparts, even with based on the same or similar crimes. This research isolates correlates of gender-based bias against female offenders and shows the significance that gender plays in the sentencing of female sexual perpetrators. Survey data, in addition to vignettes, include stigma scales adapted from Kruis and Choi (2020) and the Illinois Rape Myth Acceptance Scale (IRMA) from Payne et al. (1999). The scales were adapted to capture individual bias, rape myth beliefs, and gender-based stereotypes that influence the acceptance of female or male sex offenders, specifically against underage victims. We surveyed Pennsylvanian residents and piloted the project at a small college.
|Work Title||Punitive Attitudes Toward Sex Offenders: Does Offender Sex Matter?|
|License||In Copyright (Rights Reserved)|
|Deposited||April 07, 2021|
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