Volume 3

Couples’ Viewing of Pornography and the Attribution of Blame in Instances of Date Rape

Vicki Milligan

The viewing of pornography by couples and the attribution of rape blame in date rape were examined. Participants were 110 college students who completed questionnaires including scenarios depicting the occurrence of a rape after a couple had watched a nonpornographic or pornographic film. Results showed that more blame was attributed to the female rape victim who was depicted after viewing a pornographic film. Men reported holding more rape myth beliefs than women. Use of pornography, sexual fantasies, and acceptance of erotic behaviors were positively associated with the attribution of blame. Concerns that woman who engages in nontraditional gender-role behaviors may obtain little empathy following a rape are discussed.

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