Study: White Women Usually Turn a Blind Eye to Black Female Victims of $exual Assault


By Victor Trammell

A recent study, which was published in a journal called Psychology of Women Quarterly  revealed an unfortunate reality: White women are more sympathetic to white female victims of $exual assault than they are to black women who suffer the same experience.

The four white women who conducted the research for this professional study probed a number of young white female college students in order to get their feelings about this serious issue. Exactly 160 white females participated in the study. The abstract of this study partially reads as follows:

“We investigated White female college students’ responses to risk for an incapacitated sexual assault involving a Black potential victim. Participants (N = 160) read about attending a party where they saw a man lead an intoxicated woman into a private bedroom. The potential victim was referred to as having either a distinctively Black name (e.g., LaToya) or a non-distinct control name (e.g., Laura). After random assignment to one of these two conditions, participants reported on their intent to intervene and their perceptions of the situation and the potential victim. As expected, participants assigned to the Black potential victim condition reported less intent to intervene, less personal responsibility to intervene, and greater perceived victim pleasure than participants assigned to the control condition.” (Psychology of Women Quarterly)

The findings of this study relied on a relatively small sample size. Therefore, it would be premature to surmise that all young white women in this country who are college students would react without any kind of sensitivity to a young black woman being $exually assaulted.

However, this study does help provoke thought as it pertains to how the lives of black women are valued in America when they become a victim of a violent $ex crime. It would also be interesting to see how 160 college-aged black women would participate in this very same study with the roles reversed.

In any case, the “dark vein of intolerance” that the great Colin Powell once referenced  still exists in America.







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