Rape Resistance Scale

The Rape Resistance Scale is a 15-item measure of the degree to which a respondent holds beliefs that reflects either an active attitude toward rape, or a rationalization about the potential rapist. 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. The rape of a male by another male is just as devastating to the victim as the rape of a woman by a man.
2. Rape is the most humiliating of all criminal acts.
3. I would rather be killed than be raped.
4. Women who have been raped will eventually forget about it and carry on with their lives.*
5. Women would be better off becoming lesbians than deal with the threat of rape from dates or spouses.
6. The rape victim is often to blame for the rape.*
7. Laws are too lax on rapists.
8. Some women are rape-prone.*
9. Rapists are out to do violence to women.
10. Legalized prostitution could prevent many rapes.*
11. University professors who give A's to young women in their classes in exchange for sex are essentially raping the woman and should suffer the consequences just like any other rapist.
12. Most rapists are married or have some other sexual outlet.
13. Feminists are responsible for showing us the extent and harm of rape.
14. Date rape, plain and simple, is forcible rape.
15. Rapists are mainly interested in humiliating their victims.

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 15-75. High scores represent more support for a rape resistance position.

Original Citation

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

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