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- An Exploration of How Rape Myth Acceptance Affects Sexual Assault Trials in Canada
- Sheridan Barr (author); D. Scharie Tavcer (thesis advisor); Mount Royal University Faculty of Arts Economics, Justice and Policy Studies (Degree granting institution)
- Date issued
- 2022-04; 2022-04
- Rape myth acceptance continues to make its way into our criminal justice system. It is expressed in sexual assault trials during cross-examinations of complainants and in a judge or jury’s decision-making processes. Prejudices and biases about sexual assault and its victims infiltrates societal views about the offence and people involved; thus, affecting reporting and conviction rates. This project illustrates how rape myths are used and accepted by justice professionals during trials and how it affects sexual assault case outcomes. This is showed with landmark cases where myths were the backbone of the decision-making process in deciding the offender’s guilt for the offence. Using an...
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- Undergraduate Student Research