Portland State University. Department of Social Work
Date of Award
Master of Social Work (MSW)
In view of the proliferation of recent publicity on the topic of rape via the news media and popular publications, the researchers decided that a study concerning rape would be timely and informative. An examination of the literature resulted in the discovery that there were only two principal studies published. These were by John MacDonald, Rape Offenders and Their Victims, 1971, and Menachem Amir, Patterns in Forcible Rape, 1971. Other sources invariably used the results of these studies as a basis for their comments and conclusions. The recurring emphasis on the commonly held myths (as described later in this study) became obvious as progress was made into a review of the literature. Nowhere in the literature was reference made to any studies which had been done to substantiate the existence of the myths cited. References to the myths were made in generalities only. The researchers determined to investigate the validity of the assumptions that the stated myths were, in fact, commonly held beliefs.
Hammon, Marilyn; Jerabek, Joyce; and Mairesse, Michèle, "A Survey of Myths Concerning the Crime of Rape" (1976). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 1864.