Tendencies of stigmatization of rape victims

Rita Bandzevičienė, Rasa Erentaitė, Helmut Kury


According to the data of legal information and special researches sexual offences are among the most latent ones because negative and stigmatizing attitudes towards victims of sex crimes are widespread in general population and also in groups, wich play crucial role in determining situation of a victim after the crime.
The article represents empirical study which confirmed correlations between evaluations towards victim, guilt attributions and some characteristics of evaluator, also the stigmatizing character of attitudes towards rape victims among students with different professional orientation was designed.


stigmatization; prototiped rape; ideal victim; guilt attribution; sexual rape myths; stereotypical attitudes

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"Social Work" ISSN online 2029-2775 / ISSN print 1648-4789