Fear of Property, Violent, and Gang Crime: Examining the Shadow of Sexual Assault Thesis Among Male and Female Offenders

Jodi Lane, Kathleen Talbot

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Abstract

The current study examines the impact of perceived risk and fear of sexual assault on male and female offenders' fear of (a) property crime, (b) violent crime, and (c) gang crime. Results indicate that perceived risk of victimization and fear of sexual assault are significantly associated with fear of property, violent, and gang crime among the full sample and among both men and women. Confirming results of prior research, perceived risk of victimization is a stronger predictor of property, violent, and gang fear among men. Fear of sexual assault emerged as a stronger predictor of fear of property, violent, and gang crime among women, confirming Ferraro's shadow of sexual assault thesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)472-496
Number of pages25
JournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
Volume40
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2013

Keywords

  • fear of crime
  • gang membership
  • gender
  • offenders
  • shadow thesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychology(all)
  • Law

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