TITLE

GENDER DIFFERENCES IN SURVEY RESPONDENTS' WRITTEN DEFINITIONS OF DATE RAPE

AUTHOR(S)
Verberg, Norine; Desmarais, Serge; Wood, Eileen; Senn, Charlene
PUB. DATE
September 2000
SOURCE
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2000, Vol. 9 Issue 3, p181
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Qualitative and quantitative analyses were conducted on 170 participants' written definitions of date rape. The qualititative analysis identified several key themes that characterized womens' and men' perceptions of date rape including the issues of consent, use of force, the sex acts that constitute date rape, and the context in which they occur. Thematic analysis also indicated whether participants' perceived date rape to be gender neutral or gender specific, an important issue given the feminist discourse on this matter that accompanied replacement of the gendered term "rape" in the Canadian Criminal Code with the new, non-gendered offence of sexual assault While a majority of respondents used terms that indicated a gender-neutral perspective, the sexes differed in that a much greater percentage of women than men advanced a gender-specific understanding of rape. The findings are used to assess the extent to which the feminist perspectives that shaped changes in Canadian rape law in the 1980s are now embedded in public perceptions of date rape and to consider possible implications for prevention educators.
ACCESSION #
5098654

 

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