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NCJ Number: 114571 Find in a Library
Title: Is Interracial Rape Different?
Journal: Sociology and Social Research  Volume:73  Issue:1  Dated:(October 1988)  Pages:43-46
Author(s): J L LeBeau
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 4
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Differences between interracial and intraracial rape were investigated in 332 cases of rape reported to the San Diego Police Department, Calif., between 1971 and 1975.
Abstract: Results indicate that black (B) intraracial rapes are more likely to involve persons of intimate relationship while white (W) intraracial and BW interracial rapes are more likely to involve strangers. BB rapes are more likely to involve victims who are dependents or under the age of consent, while BW and WW rapes are more likely to involve single victims. Over 58 percent of BB rapes involved offenders more than 5 years older than their victims, while BW and WW rapes involved victims and offenders within 5 years of each other's ages. BB rapes were more likely to occur in the residence of the offender or other indoor site, while BW and WW rapes were more likely to occur at the victim's residence or outdoors. WW offenders, followed by BW offenders, were more likely to use weapons and were more likely to be serial offenders than were BB offenders. Finally, no significant differences across the racial groups was found with respect to victim injury and resistance or sexual humiliation. Overall findings suggest greater similarities between BW and WW rapes when compared to social and situational characteristics of BB rapes. 3 tables, 2 notes, and 12 references.
Main Term(s): Rape research
Index Term(s): Black/White Crime Comparisons; California; Sex offender profiles; Victim profiles
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