Journal article

Expectancy violation and perceptions of rape victim credibility

Louisa Haclett, Andrew Day, Philip Mohr

LEGAL AND CRIMINOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2008

Abstract

Purpose. Rape victims have been found to have a heightened risk of secondary victimization in the legal system through biased perceptions of their credibility. In this study, participants observed a video of a rape victim reporting the crime and evaluated her credibility, to establish the influence of victim emotional expressiveness on evaluations of victim credibility. Methods. The nonverbal (eye-contact, crying) and paralinguistic (tone of voice) behaviour of the rape victim was manipulated such that the emotional presentation viewed by observers was either expressive, or not expressive. One hundred and thirty seven participants were randomly allocated to observe a videotape of either an e..

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