“Hon vaknar av att han har sex med henne”
: En kvalitativ studie av svensk nyhetsmedias framställning av offer och förövare i fallet Göran Lambertz

Translated title of the thesis: “She woke up to him having sex with her”: A qualitative study of Swedish news media's portrayal of victim and perpetrator in the case of Göran Lambertz
  • Evelina Lundqvist
  • Rebecca Sundling

Student thesis: Bachelor


The media is an important participant in the public debate about rape. This study analyzes news articles from four newsroom reporting about the allegations of rape against former Chancellor of Justice Göran Lambertz. The purpose of this study was to investigate how news media portrays Göran Lambertz as an alleged rapist, as well as how the law student who accused him of the crime is depicted as a victim. The sample of articles was analyzed and coded using qualitative content analysis to distinguish common themes contributing to the portrayal. These themes are presented and analyzed with Nils Christie´s theory of ideal victims (1986) and Raewyn Connell's masculinities theory (1995). The themes that could be identified were: the unlikely perpetrator, the sleazy codger, victimhood, and vulnerability. The results are by and large consistent with previous research about how rape victims and perpetrators are portrayed in media, but also reveal new aspects, contradictories and problematizations with regards to a more pronounced and nuanced power perspective. Furthermore, the media tended to emphasize Lambertz’ high status and social prominence while the law student was portrayed either as an ideal victim through her inferior position, weakness, and vulnerability, or as the carrier of responsibility and guilt for Lambertz’ behaviour.
Date of Award2022-Jun
Original languageSwedish
SupervisorAnna Berglund (Supervisor) & Sophia Yakhlef (Examiner)

Educational program

  • Higher Education in behavioral science

Courses and Subjects

  • Criminology

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified (50999)


  • Göran Lambertz
  • rape
  • content analysis
  • criminology
  • media
  • victim
  • perpetrator

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