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“Often I Feel We Victimize the Victim More Than the Suspect Does”: Examining Officer Attitudes Toward Sexual Assault Complainants

Abstract The purpose of this project is to better understand police perceptions of sexual assault complainants by assessing their likelihood of questioning a complainant’s credibility and by examining police attitudes toward victims of sexual assault. To advance understanding of these issues, this dissertation (1) expands upon prior research by drawing on a sample of officers from one of the largest metropolitan police departments in the United States and, (2) through the use of framing theory, contributes to the literature by focusing on the attitudes of police toward sexual assault complainants and how these beliefs are shaped by day-to-day experiences.

This dissertation investigates two research questions using a mixed-methods approach. The dat... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor O'Neal, Eryn Nicole (Author) / Spohn, Cassia (Advisor) / Holtfreter, Kristy (Committee member) / Telep, Cody (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Criminology / Women's studies / Sociology / framing theory / officer attitudes / police decision making / sexual assault / victim credibility
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 209 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Criminology and Criminal Justice 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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