Rape perception and the function of ambivalent sexism and gender-role traditionality
This article examines the role of sexism and gender-role traditonality in minimizing the seriousness of rape. It recognizes how the perceptions and attitudes of others are important components of the victim’s recovery. In some cases, rape victims suffer not only from the actual assault but also from the negative reactions of the people around them. Cultural attitudes that promote false beliefs about rape and a hostile climate toward rape victims significantly contribute to negative perceptions.