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  1. #1 Need help from men completing my questionnaire for dissertation 
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    I am currently recruiting for a study on people’s attitudes towards victims of rape. The study will be in the form of a questionnaire, which will take no more than 20 minutes. There are two parts to the questionnaire, each part containing eight statements and two short descriptions of scenarios. Participants will be asked to rate to what extent they agree with each statement and scenario.

    Participants are required to be within the ages of 18 and 30, and be willing to indicate their gender and date of birth. If you are interested, please follow the link below which will take you to the information sheet.

    Please note that the subject of this study is of a sensitive nature, and although great care has been taken, you may find the topic difficult to read about. No personal information is asked for, and you do not need to indicate your own victim status. If at any point before completion of the questionnaire you would like to withdraw, you may do so without giving reason.

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1LJmGeoDjl8GQkeZk1gJIEKgHb-opaktsxWWDtrxAwog/viewform

    I ALREADY HAVE ENOUGH RESPONSES FROM FEMALES, BUT STILL NEED 13 RESPONSES FROM MALES. PLEASE HELP IN ANY WAY YOU CAN.


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    Well.. interesting topic
    anyway.. may I ask how are you going to deal with the "double-check" questions in the agree/disagree section?

    For the issue of not resisting: this is a pretty though question, but if the other party is not trying to resist(if it has a possibility), I think in most cases it shouldn't be classified as a rape


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    Thank you for your input.

    In relation to the double check questions, I'm using them to make sure people are paying attention and not just breezing through the questionnaire. When I'm calculating the results I am going to use them to ensure peoples responses are consistent.

    As for the issue of not resisting, I appreciate an intelligent comment on the matter. I don't want to convey my only feelings on the issue just now as it might skew the results. I would happy to reveal my feelings after all the results are in.
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    For the issue of not resisting: this is a pretty though question, but if the other party is not trying to resist(if it has a possibility), I think in most cases it shouldn't be classified as a rape
    It's not appropriate for Deb to say anything much on this topic while she's still collecting data. She wouldn't want to sway anyone's responses nor to put people off by stating anything definite. But I'm not Deb.

    I realise you're young. You may not yet have heard the advice that's commonly given to women about sexual assault.

    Generally speaking, police and other people who deal with rape victims regularly advise that your best response is to get away if you can. If you can't, then don't resist too much unless you really know what you're doing or you know the person well enough to get out of it safely. Don't resist at all if they're threatening you with a knife or a gun. They'd much rather deal with a rape than a murder.
    "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." Winston Churchill
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    Quote Originally Posted by debz89 View Post
    Thank you for your input.

    In relation to the double check questions, I'm using them to make sure people are paying attention and not just breezing through the questionnaire. When I'm calculating the results I am going to use them to ensure peoples responses are consistent.

    As for the issue of not resisting, I appreciate an intelligent comment on the matter. I don't want to convey my only feelings on the issue just now as it might skew the results. I would happy to reveal my feelings after all the results are in.
    You're welcome

    yeah,that's great, but I think two of them would be sufficient (this is just my personal issue, I always find the check question to have a slightly slightly different meaning )

    ok.. maybe after your research is over, you could post your results and your opinion
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    Quote Originally Posted by adelady View Post
    Generally speaking, police and other people who deal with rape victims regularly advise that your best response is to get away if you can. If you can't, then don't resist too much unless you really know what you're doing or you know the person well enough to get out of it safely. Don't resist at all if they're threatening you with a knife or a gun. They'd much rather deal with a rape than a murder.
    Yeah, that's true... (anyway I meant that weapon scenario, when I was talking about possibility of resistance, if you're being threatened by a gun, you don't have much possibility to defend yourself if you don't have a training)

    I should have stated myself more clearly, I was talking particularly about the 1st scenario in male victim section.

    But still, I can't imagine myself in such situation without at least trying to resist.
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    I've completed your survey.

    I think your questions should have a more consistent format such as agree always being victim not responsible. I understand that you want to make sure people read properly but I think doing it that way is more likely to make them make a mistake.

    I notice you used male rapist name for the male victims. Women can be rapists too and it's not as rare as you think. The BJS for example did a study showing about 90% of child molesters in young offender institutions were female staff.

    http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/svjfry12.pdf

    I also think the way you did the study might prime the respondents to give the same answers for men and women. Most people believe they are egalitarian even if they are subconsciously sexist.

    Someone is more likely to say a man shouldn't be held responsible for being raped if they previously answered that a woman shouldn't be held responsible.

    It would have been better if you sent to male victim and female victim questions to different people or at least randomized the order.
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    That's me got all the responses I need. Thank you all very much for taking part and for your comments. This is the first research project I have ever undertaken so I am still very much learning.
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