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 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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