Rape victims on trial: Understanding police officers' and jurors' beliefs about sexual assault, victims, and perpetrators. (2012–2014)

Abstract:
Legal decision-making in relation to sexual assault is often influenced by shared social beliefs (schemas). In investigating these beliefs, prior research has confounded different schemas - offence prototypes, sexual script schemas and victim and perpetrator stereotypes. It is unclear which schemas are influential and when, making it difficult to reduce the impact of such extra-legal factors. Our research will identify the key schemas, and advance social cognitive theory by demonstrating through a multi-method approach with police and community members when and how these particular schemas influence decision-making. We will also test two ways to reduce the influence of these extra-legal factors to promote a fairer legal system.
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Projects
Researchers:
  • ARCLB Chair in Donor Research
    School of Psychology
    Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
    ARCLB Chair in Donor Research
    School of Psychology
    Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
  • Professor and Associate Dean (Acade
    Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
    Professor and Associate Dean (Acade
    Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
    Professor
    School of Psychology
    Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
Funded by:
Australian Research Council