Explore BrainMass

Explore BrainMass

    Rape myths and forensic psychology theories

    This content was COPIED from BrainMass.com - View the original, and get the already-completed solution here!

    This job briefly overviews the psychology of rape. Along with theories that have been posited to explain why rape occurs, there are also various myths and attitudes regarding rape. Thus, this job discusses the myths surrounding rape and the impact of this crime on its victims, as well as the perceived discretion in sentencing of rapists and other sex offenders. It also addresses whether you believe the sexual history of a rape victim should be admissible in court.

    © BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 9, 2019, 9:28 pm ad1c9bdddf

    Solution Preview

    Hi... I went over some of the theories regarding rape and how they may relate to rape myths. Also included are examples of some rape myths and why they may be important in the evaluation of the crime for both the victim and the rapist. I also tried to give some examples of how these myths may influence the viewing of rapists in society and how they are treated.

    Rape Myths

    There are several theories regarding rape of which it looks like you have covered. Briefly, here is an overview of some of the theories that have been put forth:

    Psychopathological: The rapist is mentally ill and does not know that rape is wrong, he does not realize that this is a crime or is causing distress to another person. The rapist is not a "normal" person and has irresistible sexual impulses.

    Situational: The opportunity presented itself and was taken, it is not an uncommon experience for that person, there is little ...

    Solution Summary

    Rape myths and implications in forensic psychology are explored briefly.