Authoritarianism, social dominance, religiosity and ambivalent sexism as predictors of rape myth acceptance

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The study investigates rape myth acceptance (RMA) in relation to 5 attitudinal dimensions, namely strength of religious faith, religious fundamentalism, authoritarianism, social dominance and ambivalent sexism. The findings indicate significant positive relationships between all five dimensions and RMA and provide evidence that gender roles, sexism and conservatism predict victim blaming attitudes. These findings emphasise the need for prevention work and the need for inclusive education. It is hoped that a deeper understanding of rape mythology will promote a more facilitative culture for victims, an increase in progressive policies, higher report and convictions rates and enhanced support.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-84
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Gender & Women's Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019



  • Rape myth acceptance
  • Authoritarianism
  • Social dominance
  • Ambivalent sexism
  • Benevolent sexism
  • Religiosity

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