ERIC Number: ED167892
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Perception of Rape Victims: The Impact of Evidentiary Reform.
Borgida, Eugene; And Others
A simulated jury deliberation with experienced and inexperienced jurors sampled from the jury population of Hennepin County, Minnesota, was investigated. The purpose was to assess the impact of recent reforms in evidentiary rules pertaining to the admissibility of prior sexual history evidence in rape trials. Specific questions included: (1) whether the current types of legal reform eliminate or reduce the prejudice which reportedly inheres in the common law rules of evidence; (2) the extent to which empanelled adult jurors utilize such evidence without prejudice in a deliberated judgment context; and (3) the extent to which the different types of reform interact with varying degrees of victim consent. Preliminary findings suggest that the introduction of prior sexual history is prejuducial. (Author)
Descriptors: Adults, Behavior Patterns, Court Litigation, Criminal Law, Justice, Perception, Public Opinion, Rape, Sexuality, Social Action
Laboratory for Research in Social Relations, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota, 75 East River Rd., Minneapolis, Minn. 55455
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Tables 1 and 3 of marginal reproducibility; Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (86th, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August, 1978)