‘She asked for it’, ‘He didn’t mean to’: Rape myth acceptance among university students in England and India

Lecture by Professor Ravinder Barn (Royal Holloway University of London, UK)

15mrt2019 15:30 - 17:00


Much of the literature on rape, victim blaming, and rape myth acceptance (RMA) is focused on the United States, and there is a general dearth of such scholarly activity in other countries.

This lecture will explore university students’ (n = 693 students) perspectives in two new country contexts – England and India to address two key research questions – (1) What is the nature and extent of RMA in progressive university settings in England and India in modern times? (2) How can the study of RMA help us to understand sexual violence against women in contemporary society? By drawing on a mixed methods study that utilised the Illinois Rape Myth Acceptance Scale, together with focus group discussions with both male and female students in a number of universities in London and Delhi; Professor Barn will share findings in the context of understanding new rape cultures in contemporary times. She will interrogate quantitative and qualitative insights to address paucity of knowledge, and seek to promote understandings of gendered violence, toxic masculinity, and the persistent and detrimental impact of patriarchy in the lives of women. In particular, the lecture aims to contribute novel comparative findings on rape myth acceptance in new country contexts to help advance academic thinking in this area of work.

About the lecturer

Ravinder Barn is Professor of Social Policy in the School of Law. She is the author or editor of eight books and over 100 journal papers or book chapters. Ravinder writes on gender, ethnicity, child and youth welfare, and criminal justice. In August 2015, her work on sexual violence and criminal justice in India was among the top 10 'most read' in the British Journal of Criminology. Her research on child welfare and migrant groups is highly regarded nationally and internationally. Her recent book, published by Oxford University Press, analyses child welfare systems in 11 countries to promote theoretical and empirical understandings of contemporary concerns surrounding globalisation, migration, and child rights.


The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. The event will be followed by drinks.

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