Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The purpose of this study was to examine empathy with a rape victim in two experimental conditions (date rape; unspecified rape) based on personal sexual victimization experience (nonvictim; date victim; nondate victim). Undergraduate women (n = 212) completed the Sexual Experiences Survey (Koss, Gidycz, & Wisniewski, 1987), and one of two versions of the Rape Victim Empathy Scale (Smith & Frieze, 2003). Results showed that all victims reported greater empathy than nonvictims, and a potential interaction (p < .10); date victims tended to report greater empathy with a date rape victim than an unspecified rape victim, but nondate victims tended to report greater empathy with an unspecified rape victim than a date rape victim. Similarity in experience may influence empathy.
Santoriello, Gina and Osman, Suzanne L.
"Sexual Victimization Experience Predicting Empathy with an Unspecified or Date Rape Victim,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 25:
1, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol25/iss1/2