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Simon Ekström


The article shows how a widespread sexualisation of women paved the way for the ques­tioning of their credibility. With the help of morally heightened descriptions of what had happened before, during and after the particular course of events, the inquiry and legal proceedings were conveyed in the form of pictures of individual guilt or innocence, credibility or depravity.
âââIt was a narrative devoted to achieving something: creating and communicating a set of moral positions. Whether we analyse the manâs or the womanâs own versions, the prosecuting or defence counselâs descriptions, or the scientific, psychiatric judgements of char­acter, the narrative in itself stands out as the vehicle that steers the strategic first impression.
âââThe supposedly neutral magistrate could not manage without knowledge of the indivi­dualâs character and credibility. But as a consequence something else was also upheld. Through the selection of cases that went forward to prosecution and conviction, the judicial apparatus upheld the distinctions that the law was intended to stand above. At the same time as the police and court deemed it essential to find out whether the woman ought to be set in the frame of idealised or undesirable womanhood and whether the man ought to be regarded as either normal or deviant, the idea of a connection between personal ethics and individual credibility was strengthened. In this way, the court also contributed to the reproduction of those stereotypes that lead to the idea that only certain men can be said to be perpetrators and that only certain women can be said to be victims.

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Våldtäkt, berättelser, rätten, trovärdighet, stereotyper



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ISSN 2387-6727

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