University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The aim of this research was to examine public perceptions about male and female sex offenders to help address gender disparities that exist in the justice system and society. Participants (N = 226) completed the revised Community Attitudes Towards Sex Offenders Scale (ATS; Harper & Hogue, 2015) and a questionnaire concerning opinions about female sex offenders. While there were no observed differences in perceptions between gender overall, differences emerged when examining only parents. Parents perceived male sex offenders worse than female sex offenders. This study also brings awareness to gender bias regarding male and female sex offenders. The implication of this study is that it helps inform the justice system perceptions of sex offenders which could bias potential jurors.
Osagie, Felix O. Jr. and Pica, Emily
"Battle of the Sexes: Similarities and Differences in Lay People’s Perceptions about Male and Female Sex Offenders,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 28:
1, Article 8.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol28/iss1/8