Unveiling the truth:The effect of muslim garments and face covering on the perceived credibility of a victim's court testimony

Fahmy, Weyam and Snook, Brent and Luther, Kirk and McCardle, Meagan I. (2019) Unveiling the truth:The effect of muslim garments and face covering on the perceived credibility of a victim's court testimony. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 51 (1). pp. 53-60. ISSN 0008-400X

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Abstract

The perceived credibility of a sexual assault victim's court testimony was examined. A 2 (Muslim Garment: No, Yes) × 2 (Face Covered: No, Yes) between-participants design was used. Participants (N = 120) were assigned to watch one of four videos of a sexual assault victim providing testimony and asked to rate her credibility. The effect of Muslim Garment on victim credibility ratings was significant; the victim was perceived as more credible when she wore a niqab or hijab compared to when she did not wear either of these garments. The effect of Face Covering on credibility ratings was nonsignificant, and the interaction was nonsignificant. The implications for women who wear Muslim garments while testifying about sexual assault are discussed.

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Journal Article
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Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science
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©American Psychological Association, 2019. This paper is not the copy of record and may not exactly replicate the authoritative document published in the APA journal. Please do not copy or cite without author's permission. The final article is available, upon publication, at: 10.1037/cbs0000116
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16 Jan 2020 09:40
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