Title

Cornered at a Bar: How Victim Clothing, Alcohol Intake, and Relationship With Bystander Impact Intention to Help

Abstract

While a negative relationship between rape myth acceptance (RMA) and bystander behavior is established, the specific myths associated with bystander behavior are not well understood. In Study 1, we presented 260 participants with vignettes manipulating clothing and alcohol intake of a woman victim to see how it affected intention to help. In Study 2, we presented 247 participants with similar vignettes, manipulating alcohol intake and relationship with the bystander. Contrary to previous research on RMA, participants were significantly more willing to intervene if the woman was intoxicated. Intervention also depended upon the participants’ relationship to the woman: stranger or acquaintance.

Department(s)

Psychology

Document Type

Article

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1177/1077801218809948

Rights Information

© The Author(s) 2018.

Keywords

bystander behavior, empathetic concern, intoxication, rape myth acceptance, sexual assault

Publication Date

8-1-2019

Journal Title

Violence Against Women

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