Precursors to rape: Pressuring behaviors and rape proclivity

Megan L. Strain, Jericho M. Hockett, Donald A. Saucier

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We developed measures assessing personal and normative attitudes toward two types of behaviors that are symptomatic of rape culture. We conceptualize sexual violence as existing on a continuum and argue that two types of behaviors may be potential antecedents to (and consequences of) sexual violence: attempts to pressure, which mimic the power dynamics of rape in a less aggressive fashion, and benevolent dating behaviors, which are accepted dating scripts in which men initiate action. We examined individuals' acceptance of these behaviors in relation to their attitudes toward rape victims and among men to rape proclivity. This initial work suggests that these constructs and measures may be useful to investigate in future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)322-341
Number of pages20
JournalViolence and Victims
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2015


  • Individual differences
  • Rape culture
  • Rape victims
  • Sexual behavior
  • Sexual violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Health(social science)
  • Law


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