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NCJ Number: 68488 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: RAPE CASES IN PHILADELPHIA (PA) - COURT OUTCOME AND VICTIM RESPONSE
Author(s): L C MEYER
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 277
Sponsoring Agency: Philadelphia General Hospital Research Fund
Philadelphia, PA 19104
UMI Dissertation Services
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Rockville, MD 20857
Sale Source: UMI Dissertation Services
300 North Zeeb Road
P.O. Box 1346
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
United States of America
Type: Thesis/Dissertation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS STUDY FOCUSES ON THE COURT OUTCOME OF RAPE CASES AND THE EFFECTS OF COURT PROCEEDINGS ON THE VICTIMS.
Abstract: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY TEAM OF SOCIAL WORKERS, PSYCHIATRISTS, ATTORNEYS, AND CRIMINOLOGISTS WAS INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT. THE STUDY SUBJECTS WERE 1401 FEMALE RAPE VICTIMS IN PHILADELPHIA, PA., WHO REPORTED TO THE POLICE AND WERE BROUGHT TO A HOSPITAL BETWEEN APRIL 1973 AND JUNE 1975. COURT DATA WERE OBTAINED FROM THE COURT ADMINISTRATOR'S OFFICE, AND SOCIAL WORKERS CONDUCTED HOME INTERVIEWS FOR INFORMATION ON THE PARTICULARS OF THE RAPE, ON THE VICTIM'S INTERACTION WITH THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS, ON THE VICTIM'S SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS AND ADJUSTMENT. THE CASES EITHER WENT THROUGH A PRELIMINARY HEARING OR DIRECTLY TO THE COMMON PLEAS COURT. HOWEVER, ONE-FIFTH OF THE CASES DID NOT MAKE IT THROUGH THE PRELIMINARY HEARINGS BECAUSE VICTIMS DID NOT SHOW UP OR WERE UNABLE TO TESTIFY. IN ABOUT 30 PERCENT OF THE CASES BEFORE THE HIGHER COURT, PROSECUTION WAS WITHDRAWN OR A GUILTY PLEA RESULTED. OVER ONE-HALF OF THE CASES LED TO A GUILTY DISPOSITION. WITH ONE CASE IN FOUR RESULTING IN AT LEAST ONE DEFENDANT BEING SENTENCED FOR A PERIOD OF TWO TO TWENTY YEARS. FURTHERMORE, RAPE CASES FARED NEARLY AS WELL AS ROBBERY OR BURGLARY CASES IN TERMS OF CONVICTION RATES. REASONS FOR NON-CONVICTIONS AND FOR SHORTER SENTENCES ARE GIVEN. THE IMPACT OF THE TRIAL ON THE VICTIM IS DISCUSSED: MOST VICTIMS CONSIDERED THE TRIAL A NEGATIVE EXPERIENCE. AN INDEX, FOOTNOTES, CHARTS, TABLES, DIAGRAMS, APPROXIMATELY 200 REFERENCES, AND APPENDIXES ARE INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Convictions; Court statistics; Criminal proceedings; Pennsylvania; Psychological victimization effects; Rape; Sexual assault victims
Note: UNIVERSITY OF PHILADELPHIA - DOCTORAL DISSERTATION
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