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Wednesday, April 22 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
What Do We Think Of Sex Offenders? Well, It Depends…

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We examined differences in attitudes toward convicted sex offenders based on gender of the offender. Prior research has focused on attitudes toward female sex offenders, juvenile sex offenders, and offenders with other specific characteristics, but comparisons in attitudes toward male vs. female offenders has not previously been undertaken. We hypothesized that we would discover significantly more negative regard for male than female offenders. A survey used in an earlier study was modified to include a vignette which described a male or a female perpetrator; all details in the vignette except for the perpetrator’s gender were the same in both survey versions. College students were recruited for participation, and we aimed for a comparable number of male and female respondents. In addition, the survey was made available electronically. We will summarize ratings of each offender depicted in the vignette, comparing the male and female version. The implications of our findings will shed light on possible bias found in the criminal justice system and the inequities some offenders suffer due to housing and job restrictions.

Wednesday April 22, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm PDT
Wilma Sherril Center Concourse

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