The effects of stigmatisation regarding sex abuse and rape crimes have rarely been studied. This present study explores the effects of social stigma by examining coping style, thought suppression, depression and anxiety in those falsely accused of sex crimes compared with those convicted of sex crimes. A total of 60 males volunteered to complete a questionnaire. The questionnaires were given to participants from organisations that support people falsely accused and people who have been found guilty of sexual offending. The findings indicate that falsely accused individuals employ an emotion‐focused coping strategy significantly more than convicted sex offenders.
Aslan, D. (2008), "The psychological aspects of coping with being accused of sexual offences", The British Journal of Forensic Practice, Vol. 10 No. 4, pp. 19-36. https://doi.org/10.1108/14636646200800023
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