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NCJ Number: 32797 Find in a Library
Title: SEXUAL ASSAULT - CONFRONTING RAPE IN AMERICA
Author(s): N GAGER; C SCHURR
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 350
Sponsoring Agency: Grosset and Dunlap
New York, NY 10010
Sale Source: Grosset and Dunlap
51 Madision Avenue
New York, NY 10010
United States of America
Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: AN EXAMINATION OF THE CAUSES, NATURE, AND EFFECTS OF RAPE IN AMERICA, AND OF THE IMPLICATIONS OF DEEPLY ROOTED PUBLIC ATTITUDES IN EFFECTIVELY AND JUSTLY DEALING WITH VICTIM AND OFFENDER.
Abstract: WOMEN AND CHILDREN AS VICTIMS ARE DISCUSSED. THE MANY CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING ATTACKS ARE BRIEFLY OUTLINED, AND SUGGESTIONS ARE MADE FOR AVOIDING POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS SITUATIONS. THE POLICE ARE PRESENTED AS BEING SOMETIMES DILIGENT AND EFFECTIVE IN THEIR EFFORTS TO APPREHEND RAPISTS; OTHER TIMES CYNICAL AND CALLOUS IN THEIR TREATMENT OF VICTIMS. THE MEDICAL PROFESSION IS SEEN AS OFTEN TIMES INADEQUATE IN ITS PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL TREATMENT OF VICTIMS. JUDICIAL LAG IN COURTS AND THE LAW IS REFLECTED IN LOW CONVICTION RATES, EVEN IF THE RAPIST IS APPREHENDED. MISOGYNY IS SUGGESTED AS A FACTOR IN PUBLIC AND GOVERNMENTAL DISINCLINATION TOWARD LAW REFORM. RAPISTS ARE CHARACTERIZED; MANY OF WHOM SUFFER FROM DEEP-SEATED PSYCHOPATHIC TENDENCIES WHICH THE CORRECTIONS PROCESS DOES LITTLE OR NOTHING TO TREAT. NASCENT PUBLIC ATTEMPTS TO CONFRONT THE RAPE PROBLEM, LARGELY THROUGH WOMENS GROUPS, CRISIS CENTERS, COUNSELING, AND INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE, ARE SEEN AS THE BEGINNINGS OF A NEW AWARENESS AND CONSTRUCTIVENESS. RAPE STATISTICS ARE PRESENTED IN APPENDIXES.
Index Term(s): Clearance rates; Convictions; Law reform; Police attitudes; Psychological victimization effects; Psychopaths; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Rape; Rapists; Sexual assault; Statistics
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