Sexual Violence in History: A Bibliography

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First published: October 1, 2023 - Last updated: October 1, 2023


Speaker: Steven Taylor

Title: Conceptualizing Consent

Subtitle: An Analysis of Viewer Interpretations of Sexual Violence in Film, 1971-2020

Conference: 77th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology: The Future of Criminology (November 16-19, 2022) - Online Program

Session: 622. The Social Construction of Victimization in Movies and Other Media (Chair: Madelaine Coelho)

Place: November 17, 2022

Date: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century, 21st Century | American History: U.S. History | Representations: Films


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Speaker: Steven Taylor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, Saint Xavier University - ResearchGate

Abstract: »Sexual violence in film is often sensationalized for cinematic effect and can promote myths about the reality of sexual assault in America. This study examined how viewers interpret incidents of sexual violence in film. Data were collected from over 600 films (1971-2020) featuring sexual violence through the Internet Movie Database (IMDb). A content analysis methodology was used to code and analyze themes and patterns of text in user-generated keywords and film summary sections. Preliminary findings show viewers were more likely to label sexual violence as rape than sexual assault. Further, euphemisms or romanticized terms were often used to minimize sexual violence. Although there is some accurate terminology used to describe sexual violence, indications of rape myth acceptance and misconceptions were on display. The need for continued sexual assault education is discussed.« (Source: Online Program)

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