Credible: Why We Doubt Accusers and Protect Abusers [Audiobook]
English | ASIN: B08TX69G85 | 2021 | 8 hours and 4 minutes |
In this landmark book, a former prosecutor, legal expert, and leading authority on sexual violence examines why we are primed to disbelieve allegations of sexual abuse – and how we can transform a culture and a legal system structured to dismiss accusers. Sexual misconduct accusations spark competing claims: Her word against his. How do we decide who is telling the truth? The answer comes down to credibility. But as this eye-opening book reveals, invisible forces warp the credibility judgments of even the well-intentioned among us.
We are all shaped by a set of false assumptions and hidden biases embedded in our culture, our legal system, and our psyches. In Credible, Deborah Tuerkheimer provides a much-needed framework to explain how we perceive credibility, why our perceptions are distorted, and why these distortions harm survivors. Social hierarchies and inequalities foster doubt that is commonplace and predictable, resulting in what Tuerkheimer calls the “credibility discount” – our dismissal of claims by certain kinds of speakers – primarily women, and especially those who are more marginalized.
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