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#Notallmen: Media and Crime Victimization

  • Rebecca M. Hayes
  • Kate Luther
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Crime, Media and Culture book series (PSCMC)


Perceptions of victimization influence who is thought to be a “real” victim. These perceptions of who is a victim and how victimization occurs can be shaped by media imagery. This chapter begins by discussing the notion of the ideal victim, the media construction of victims, and the reality of victimization. Throughout the discussion of the media construction of victims, particular attention is paid to victims of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Using current examples from the news media and pop culture, this chapter also covers how gender identity, victimization, and sexuality are blurred and often criminalized. Additionally, this chapter highlights how the ideal victim narrative is being challenged through the media. New media, in particular, is being used to push back against victimization and perceptions of victimization.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rebecca M. Hayes
    • 1
  • Kate Luther
    • 2
  1. 1.Central Michigan UniversityMount PleasantUSA
  2. 2.Pacific Lutheran UniversityTacomaUSA

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