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NCJ Number: 124969 Find in a Library
Title: Rape and Resistance
Journal: Social Problems  Volume:37  Issue:2  Dated:(May 1990)  Pages:149-162
Author(s): G Kleck; S Sayles
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 14
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Interviews with 378 victims (90 percent female) of attempted or completed rape by a stranger between 1979 and 1985 revealed that it is usually better to resist an attempted rape.
Abstract: Victims who resisted were less likely to have the rape completed against them than were those who did not resist and not significantly more likely to be injured. Resistance with a gun, knife, or other weapon was most effective in preventing completion; unarmed forceful resistance, threatening, and arguing were least effective, but generally did not provoke rapists to inflict injury. The rape itself is usually the most serious injury the victim suffers, as only three percent received such injury after resistance. Thus, the strategy of refraining from resistance in order to avoid injury is questionable. 6 tables, 29 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Victim resistance to attack
Index Term(s): Rape research; Sexual assault victims
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