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ERIC Number: ED142876
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Sep-5
Simulation and Baseline Research in Rape Prevention.
Brodsky, Stanley L.; Klemmack, Susan H.
This paper begins by describing an organizational model for the disciplinary study of rape--the University of Alabama's Rape Research Group. It outlines the structure, function, and some techniques of the study group, including the use of simulations and prototypical situations. In one study, verbal responses of rape victims were classified into seven categories. Actors and actresses were used to videotape samples of each response type. The role-played scenes were shown to a number of groups: convicted rapists, staff members in a sex offender treatment program, and individuals attending a national conference on rape research and prevention. Given no clue about whether or not the victim was actually successful in preventing the rape, the audiences were asked to rate the deterrence potential of the various strategies. Preliminary results suggest two "types" of rapist: (1) an aggressive, antagonistic one who is best deterred by crying, signs of weakness and bodily difficulties; and (2) a tentative, more polite type who may be actively rejected with verbal or physical attack. A second study, in progress, uses similar techniques to investigate different categories of rapists and changes in citizen attitudes toward sexual assault. Other work in progress includes an annotated bibliography of sexual assault literature (the proposed taxonomy is included) and an attempt to identify psychological and social factors underlying rape. (BP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (84th, Washington, D.C., September 3-7, 1976); Hard copy not available due to marginal legibility of origninal document