Texas Rape Intensity Scale (TRIS)

The Texas Rape Intensity Scale (TRIS) is a 10-item measure of attitudes of concern about rape. This scale is a component of the larger Texas Rape Scale (TRS).


Geographies Tested: United States of America

Populations Included: Female, Male

Age Range: Adolescents, Adults


1. Rape is the most humiliating of all criminal acts.
2. The worst thing that could happen to a woman would be to be raped.
3. Women who have been raped will eventually forget about it and carry on with their lives.*
4. A woman who has been raped will have difficulty establishing a fulfilling relationship with a man.*
5. Women who get raped probably deserve it.
6. Women want to get raped.*
7. Rapists should be castrated.
8. If a woman has a gun and is approached by a potential rapist she has the right to kill him.
9. Male rape by another male is no big deal.*
10. The rape of a child is not harmful if not blown out of proportion.*

Response Options:
5-point Likert scale
Strongly disagree - 1
Strongly agree - 5

* Items are reverse scored

Scoring Procedures

Item scores are summed to a possible range of 10-50. High scores represent a relatively intense negative feeling about rape while low scores represent a much less intense feeling.

Original Citation

Young, R. K., & Thiessen, D. (1992). The Texas Rape Scale. Ethology and Sociobiology, 13(1), 19-33.

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