chapter  3
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Masculinity, status, and power: Implicit messages in Western media discourse on high-profile cases of multiple perpetrator rape


Multiple perpetrator rape is nothing new. However, the past couple of decades have seen a dramatic increase in news reporting on the phenomenon, at least in Englishlanguage publications in the Western world. This media coverage plays a pivotal role in public discourse, helping to shape popular beliefs about who commits group rape, who is victimized, and why (Cuklanz, 1995; Reese, Gandy, & Grant, 2001).