The Influence of Rape Myths on People’s Perceptions of Male Rape Victims

The purpose of the study

The purpose of this study is to examine how rape myths may influence the perception of male rape victims and female perpetrators. Selma Karic and Jonathan Finn are conducting this study as part of the requirements for the Bachelor of Psychological Science degree at the University of Queensland under the supervision of Dr. David Butler.

Participation and withdrawal

Participation in this study is completely voluntary and you are free to withdraw from this study at any time without prejudice or penalty. If you wish to withdraw, simply stop completing the exercises. If you do withdraw from the study, the materials that you have completed to that point will be deleted and will not be included in the study.

What is involved?

You are asked to complete a survey and read through a short paragraph depicting a rape scenario. After reading the scenario you will answer some questions and give ratings based on your personal beliefs. Participation in this study will take approximately half an hour.


This study does contain some sexually explicit content and scenarios depicting sexual assault. Participation in this study is unlikely to involve physical or mental discomfort, and poses no risks beyond those of everyday living. If, however, you should find any question or procedure to be invasive or offensive, you are free to omit answering that question and/or withdraw from the study. If at any point you feel distressed and require immediate assistance, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or another hotline for help.

Confidentiality and security of data

All data collected in this study will be stored confidentially. Only members of the research team will have access to identified data. All data will be coded in a de-identified manner and subsequently analysed and reported in such a way that it does not allow for personal identification of any individual. The data you provide will only be used for the specific research purposes of this study.

Ethics Clearance and Contacts

This study has been cleared in accordance with the ethical review processes of the University of Queensland and within the guidelines of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. You are, of course, free to discuss your participation with project staff (Selma contactable on: 0423383774).

If you would like to speak to an officer of the University not involved in the study, you may contact one of the School of Psychology Ethics Review Officers: Jolanda Jetten (, tel 3365 4909), Jeanie Sheffield (, tel 3365 6690), Thomas Suddendorf (, tel 3365 8341) or Alex Haslam (, tel 3346 7345). Alternatively, you may leave a message with the School of Psychology Ethics Coordinator, Danico Jones at tel 3365 6448 for an ethics officer to contact you, or you may contact the University of Queensland Ethics Officer on 3365 3924, e-mail:

If you would like to learn the outcome of the study in which you are participating, you can contact me at after the 8th of October 2014, and I will send you an Abstract of the study and findings.

Thank you for your participation in this study.

Selma Karic and Jonathan Finn.


If you wish to participate in this survey, please click on I Agree and complete the questionnaire that follows.

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