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Victim blaming revisited: beyond the explanation of self protection

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When people are hit by crime they are often blamed for the victimization by others, e.g. they are held responsible for the incident. This paper is focused on the motives behind this well-known social reaction of ‘victim blaming’. In fact, based on qualitative research about the impact of and reactions to adolescents’ victimizations of violence and property crime, I came to the conclusion that victim blaming cannot only be explained by the fundamental attribution error and the will to preserve faith in personal invulnerability and a just world: I observed that parents often blame out of a concern of revictimization and that peers often blame to stress their own social status. These findings do not only suggest that there might be different forms of victim blaming, but also that the relation with the victim might have an influence on the extent of and motive behind victim blaming.
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peers, parents, victim blaming, adolescent victims

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Vynckier, Gerwinde. “Victim Blaming Revisited: Beyond the Explanation of Self Protection.” INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES IN VICTIMOLOGY, vol. 7, no. 1, 2012, pp. 38–46.
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Vynckier, G. (2012). Victim blaming revisited: beyond the explanation of self protection. INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES IN VICTIMOLOGY, 7(1), 38–46.
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Vynckier, Gerwinde. 2012. “Victim Blaming Revisited: Beyond the Explanation of Self Protection.” INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES IN VICTIMOLOGY 7 (1): 38–46.
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Vynckier, Gerwinde. 2012. “Victim Blaming Revisited: Beyond the Explanation of Self Protection.” INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES IN VICTIMOLOGY 7 (1): 38–46.
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Vynckier G. Victim blaming revisited: beyond the explanation of self protection. INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES IN VICTIMOLOGY. 2012;7(1):38–46.
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G. Vynckier, “Victim blaming revisited: beyond the explanation of self protection,” INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES IN VICTIMOLOGY, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 38–46, 2012.
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  abstract     = {{When people are hit by crime they are often blamed for the victimization by others, e.g. they are held responsible for the incident. This paper is focused on the motives behind this well-known social reaction of ‘victim blaming’. In fact, based on qualitative research about the impact of and reactions to adolescents’ victimizations of violence and property crime, I came to the conclusion that victim blaming cannot only be explained by the fundamental attribution error and the will to preserve faith in personal invulnerability and a just world: I observed that parents often blame out of a concern of revictimization and that peers often blame to stress their own social status. These findings do not only suggest that there might be different forms of victim blaming, but also that the relation with the victim might have an influence on the extent of and motive behind victim blaming.}},
  author       = {{Vynckier, Gerwinde}},
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  journal      = {{INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES IN VICTIMOLOGY}},
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  language     = {{eng}},
  number       = {{1}},
  pages        = {{38--46}},
  title        = {{Victim blaming revisited: beyond the explanation of self protection}},
  volume       = {{7}},
  year         = {{2012}},
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