skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 156168 Find in a Library
Title: To Serve and Pursue: Exploring Police Sexual Violence Against Women
Journal: Justice Quarterly  Volume:12  Issue:1  Dated:(March 1995)  Pages:85-111
Author(s): P B Kraska; V E Kappeler
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 27
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study uses two incidence-based data sets, one from Federal litigation cases and one from media reports, to examine the known scope and distribution of police sexual violence against women; the second goal of the study is to develop a continuum of police sexual violence using illustrative case examples.
Abstract: The policing and feminist literature overlap in their examination of male police officers sexually harassing female colleagues and citizens. The police literature allows for the conceptualization of power, authority, and opportunity, but generally ignores the gender bias of the police occupation and the law. On the other hand, the feminist literature explores the bias and systemic differential treatment of citizens based on gender, but fails to recognize the role played by police power, authority, and opportunity in police crime. Common elements identified on the police sexual violence continuum include the extreme power differential between police officers and female citizens, a sexist organizational ideology, judicial and even legal support or tolerance for some forms of police sexual violence, and the structural position of the police. 7 notes, 4 tables, and 80 references
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Criminology; Harassment by police; Police Brutality; Sexual assault
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.