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Department
Criminology
Course
CRM3317
Professor
Kate Fletcher
Semester
Winter

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The “Ideal” Victims in “Reel” Life Ideal Victims • Counterpoint to idealized offenders – folk devil • For folk devils to exist there has to be ideal victims • These two categories create each other Victimhood • Victim = identity and status o Applied to and/or assumed by individuals • Socially negotiated/ constructed o Corresponds to particular characteristics that may be valued in particular contexts • Publicly validated o Suffering must resemble “visions” of victimization o People have to have experienced what we see to have been a victimizing event • Hard to see men as victims o If someone attacks them they are meant to fight back o Can’t be raped because they should want it o Men experience a low level of violence all the time just because they are men  Men see themselves as victims when this gets out of the norm. Example, bringing  out a gun • If a women who is a sex trade worker becomes sexually assaulted it is hard for us to see her as a  victim o Putting herself out there Stereotypical or “ideal” victim • Vulnerable • Blameless o This is starting to go away  Well she was walking home alone • White women going to school • White o
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