Rape myths and misconceptions

  • Dominic Willmott

Press/Media: Research


Nigel Booth's article in the Law Society Gazette references Dominic Willmott's doctoral research on jurors' decision-making behaviour in rape trials.

Period21 Dec 2018

Media coverage


Media coverage

  • TitleRape myths and misconceptions
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletThe Law Society Gazette
    Media typePrint
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionWhat if I told you that some jurors do not decide cases on the evidence that they hear, but instead on entrenched prejudices and stereotypes that they cannot shake? That as far as those jurors are concerned, the calling of evidence does nothing more than pay lip-service to the concept of a fair trial? Would you be shocked that people could be convicted and imprisoned on the basis of prejudiced and stereotyped jury attitudes? Except that it’s not defendants who are at risk; instead the biases operate against women complainants in rape cases.
    PersonsDominic Willmott