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"Riktig" våldtäkt : en analys av våldtäktsmyters förekomst i sexualbrottmål

Blomkvist, Maria LU (2013) MRSG20 20122
Human Rights Studies
Abstract
Rape is a crime that affects thousands of women and men. In Sweden there are approximately 3000 police reports every year and with a large existing number of hidden statistics. Society’s definition of rape is a matter of interpretation, which is influenced by moral views and creates myths of how victim and perpetrator should act for a situation to be classified as a ”real” rape. It is easier to define incidents as rape when certain circumstances occur according to existing gender stereotyped ideas. To explore how these perceptions affect the discourse of legal courts an analysis of a rape case was carried out. This by using an measuring instrument called the IRMA-scale. The scale contains 40 statements and was originally used on a survey... (More)
Rape is a crime that affects thousands of women and men. In Sweden there are approximately 3000 police reports every year and with a large existing number of hidden statistics. Society’s definition of rape is a matter of interpretation, which is influenced by moral views and creates myths of how victim and perpetrator should act for a situation to be classified as a ”real” rape. It is easier to define incidents as rape when certain circumstances occur according to existing gender stereotyped ideas. To explore how these perceptions affect the discourse of legal courts an analysis of a rape case was carried out. This by using an measuring instrument called the IRMA-scale. The scale contains 40 statements and was originally used on a survey group where the participants had to grade their agreement with every claim on a 7-point scale. The scale was modified to fit the purpose of the analysis in this essay. The material examined is a court case from the year 2007. The results show that, like in the rest of society, rape myths flourish in the Swedish court system. In conclusion, rape is viewed as a rather narrow concept which might create the consequence of making it difficult for women to define experiences as rape. This in turn reproduces the stereotypes of victim, perpetrator and crime. (Less)
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author
Blomkvist, Maria LU
supervisor
organization
course
MRSG20 20122
year
type
L2 - 2nd term paper (old degree order)
subject
keywords
Gender order, Stereotypes, IRMA-scale, Rape, Rape myths, Human rights, mänskliga rättigheter
language
Swedish
id
3358635
date added to LUP
2013-02-26 11:53:08
date last changed
2014-09-04 08:27:39
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  abstract     = {Rape is a crime that affects thousands of women and men. In Sweden there are approximately 3000 police reports every year and with a large existing number of hidden statistics. Society’s definition of rape is a matter of interpretation, which is influenced by moral views and creates myths of how victim and perpetrator should act for a situation to be classified as a ”real” rape. It is easier to define incidents as rape when certain circumstances occur according to existing gender stereotyped ideas. To explore how these perceptions affect the discourse of legal courts an analysis of a rape case was carried out. This by using an measuring instrument called the IRMA-scale. The scale contains 40 statements and was originally used on a survey group where the participants had to grade their agreement with every claim on a 7-point scale. The scale was modified to fit the purpose of the analysis in this essay. The material examined is a court case from the year 2007. The results show that, like in the rest of society, rape myths flourish in the Swedish court system. In conclusion, rape is viewed as a rather narrow concept which might create the consequence of making it difficult for women to define experiences as rape. This in turn reproduces the stereotypes of victim, perpetrator and crime.},
  author       = {Blomkvist, Maria},
  keyword      = {Gender order,Stereotypes,IRMA-scale,Rape,Rape myths,Human rights,mänskliga rättigheter},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {"Riktig" våldtäkt : en analys av våldtäktsmyters förekomst i sexualbrottmål},
  year         = {2013},
}