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Barriers to Bystander Action in Sexual Violence in Guatemala: The Role of Rape Myth Acceptance

Lyons, M, Brewer, G, Chopen, N, Davila, N, Elías, D, Gómez, LDR, Velásquez, J and García, GG (2023) Barriers to Bystander Action in Sexual Violence in Guatemala: The Role of Rape Myth Acceptance. Sexuality & Culture. ISSN 1095-5143

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Understanding bystander barriers in sexual violence is an important step towards increasing knowledge on how to teach people to intervene safely. Although bystander behaviour has been widely studied especially in the US context, there is a dearth of research outside the Global North. In this study, we report results of an investigation in Guatemala, a Central American country with high levels of gender-based violence. In an online study, 1009 University students and staff completed adapted questionnaires on rape myth acceptance and bystander barriers. Correlational and regression analyses demonstrated that the rape myths ‘She asked for it’ and ‘It wasn’t rape’ were important predictors of multiple barriers (i.e., Failure to notice, Failure to identify situation as high risk, Failure to take intervention responsibility, Failure to intervene due to a skills deficit and Failure to intervene due to audience inhibition). We discuss the results in the context of Guatemalan culture and society.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1117 Public Health and Health Services; 1608 Sociology; 2002 Cultural Studies; Public Health
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Psychology (from Sep 2019)
Publisher: Springer
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2023 10:31
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2023 10:45
DOI or ID number: 10.1007/s12119-023-10106-x
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/20098
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