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Beliefs about the Strauss-Kahn Case in France and Germany: Political Orientation and Sexual Aggression Myths as Local versus Global Predictors

Abstract : In May 2011, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund and a prominent member of the French Socialist Party, was charged with attempted rape. Extensive media coverage led people across the globe to speculate about intentions and responsibilities. While the case was pending, we conducted two parallel Internet surveys, with French and German participants (N = 1,314). We examined how strongly exoneration of the alleged perpetrator depended on acceptance of modern myths about sexual aggression (AMMSA) and identity attributes that are temporarily salient as a function of local context (gender, political left-right orientation, nationality). AMMSA was a global predictor of exonerating the alleged perpetrator across national sub-samples, whereas the predictive power of gender and left-right orientation varied locally: For French respondents, left-wing political attitudes predicted exoneration of the alleged perpetrator, whereas only for German respondents, being male predicted exoneration. We conclude that the interplay of global (sexual aggression myths) and local (social identification) factors affects the lay assessment of ambiguous cases of sexual violence.
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Selina Helmke, Pia Renée Kobusch, Jonas H Rees, Thierry Meyer, Gerd Bohner. Beliefs about the Strauss-Kahn Case in France and Germany: Political Orientation and Sexual Aggression Myths as Local versus Global Predictors. International Journal of Conflict and Violence, 2014, 8 (1), pp.171-186. ⟨hal-01473258⟩

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