Prototypes in press reporting of sexual crime

Harper, Craig (2014) Prototypes in press reporting of sexual crime. In: PsyPAG Annual Conference, 23-25 July 2014, Cardiff Metropolitan University.

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With the recent increase in the number of 'memorial laws' being enacted in response to specific cases of criminal activity, this paper examines the use of sexual crime prototypes in guiding social and political discussions around sexual crime policy. Data are drawn from studies into the representations of sexual crime within the British national press in order to develop a dual-process model of this particular discourse. Also, specific cases of sexual offending are identified as guiding social and political discussions about the best ways to reduce incidents of sexual offending, and to sentence and manage its perpetrators. Specifically, the impact of the recent Jimmy Savile sex offending scandal is drawn upon. Next, early empirical data will be presented, providing experimental support for the notion that the activation of sexual crime prototypes can contribute to public preferences for punitive policies in relation to the sentencing and post-conviction management of sexual offenders. The talk will conclude with an outline about how to reduce the impact of misrepresentative sexual crime prototypes through the sharing of ‘success stories’, with a call for greater public engagement from academics in this area to address social misconceptions about this important legislative issue.

Keywords:sex offending, media, bmjholiday
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C880 Social Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C890 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:14577
Deposited On:28 Jul 2014 14:54

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