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Rape Myths

Caroline Blyth

in The Narrative of Rape in Genesis 34

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199589456
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594571 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589456.003.0002
Rape Myths

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This chapter introduces the reader to the subject of rape myths, those stereotyped, false beliefs about sexual violence, which impact upon individual and community responses towards victims of rape. The author outlines some of the more pervasive rape myths that have been prevalent within cultures across time and space, proposing that their origins lie within the androcentric gender expectations and sex role stereotypes that are deeply rooted within the consciousness of many cultures the world over. The chapter also considers the impact of these rape myths on the experiences of rape survivors, noting that they serve to undermine the seriousness of the crime and deny women a voice with which to tell their narrative of suffering. It is recognized that such misperceptions about sexual violence therefore demand to be challenged, in order that victims of sexual violence are enabled to break their silence and speak out against their violation.

Keywords: rape myths; sexual violence; rape; rape victims; gender expectations; sex role stereotypes

Chapter.  6137 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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