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'ANY GIRL CAN CALL THE COPS, NO PROBLEM': The Influence of Gender on Support for the Decision to Report Criminal Victimization within Homeless Communities

Laura Huey and Marianne Quirouette
The British Journal of Criminology
Vol. 50, No. 2 (MARCH 2010), pp. 278-295
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43610759
Page Count: 18
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'ANY GIRL CAN CALL THE COPS, NO PROBLEM': The Influence of Gender on Support for the Decision to Report Criminal Victimization within Homeless Communities
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Abstract

In this paper, we examine the influence of the 'anti-snitching code' on attitudes towards reporting criminal victimization among the homeless. Using research data from a study of criminal victimization, we analyse how gender structures attitudes towards crime reporting, creating what we term a 'chivalry exception' to the 'anti-snitching code'. In essence, the chivalry exception is a form of benevolent sexism that embodies the belief that women are inherently vulnerable and thus in need of greater protection. This exception is rejected by many women, some of whom reject it as symbolic of female vulnerability, whereas others remain fearful of retaliatory violence. These findings have larger implications for future efforts to address failures to report crime by homeless female victims.

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