Willingness to rape

UPDATE: I did not realise this was from 2015. Sorry!

Amongst other questions they were asked how they would act in a situation where they could have sexual intercourse with a woman against her will “if nobody would ever know and there wouldn’t be any consequences”. 31.7% of all men participating in the study would force a woman to have sexual intercourse in such a “consequence-free situation” – which is rape.

Worryingly, most men who indicated that they would commit rape did not even recognise their actions as such.

When explicitly asked whether they would rape a woman if there were no consequences, only 13.6% of participants said they would do so, a marked fall on those who had described that they would commit rape.

From here.

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  1. It is a bizarre and disturbing finding, both now and when it came out. I wonder how the questions were understood to produce such a discrepancy. Perhaps ‘no consequences’ was taken to include the psychological distress of the woman, such that forcing her ‘against her will’ wasn’t really doing something she objected to? I mean, it’s not that I refrain from raping because I fear getting caught, but because I don’t want to cause harm and suffering.

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