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Behind the Blue Line: Investigating Police Officers’ Attitudes toward Rape

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Amy Dellinger Page Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: The current study contributes to what is known about police officers’ attitudes toward rape. A survey was administered to 891 sworn police officers in two states in the southeastern United States. The surveys were designed to assess police officers’ acceptance of rape myths. It was hypothesized that police officers would be accepting of rape myths, which are inherently misogynistic. Attitudes toward rape were expected to vary according to educational attainment and experience with rape investigations, such that higher levels of education and more experience with rape investigations would lead to the rejection of rape myths. There was a significant difference in the acceptance of rape myths with varying levels of educational attainment and experience with rape investigations.

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Page, Amy Dellinger. (2007) “Behind the Blue Line: Investigating Police Officers’ Attitudes Toward Rape.” Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology 22 (1), 22-32. Published by Springer Verlag. The original publication is available at (ISSN: 0882-0783) June 2007. DOI: 10.1007/s11896-007-9002-7
Language: English
Date: 2007
police officers, rape myths , attitudes toward rape