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NCJ Number: 90236 Find in a Library
Title: Myth of Passion - Redefinition of Rape (From Victimization of the Weak - Contemporary Social Reactions, P 153-171, 1982, Jacqueline Scherer and Gary Shepherd, eds. - See NCJ-90231)
Author(s): J Scherer
Date Published: 1982
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: Charles C. Thomas
Springfield, IL 62704
Sale Source: Charles C. Thomas
2600 South First Street
Springfield, IL 62704
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Rape is a crime surrounded by myths, stereotypes, and a host of perceptual problems that aggravates the plight of its victims and often excuses the victimizers from punishment.
Abstract: Myths surrounding rape include the following: rapists are strangers to victims, the stranger attacks in a dark alley, rapists attack only attractive women, women bring rape charges lightly and falsely to punish a lover or to get revenge, women's rape fantasies prove they enjoy being raped, and most rapes occur between persons of different races. Each of these myths is examined and refuted. Victims tend to blame themselves and to accept others' judgment about their complicity, according to this discussion. Moreover, the confusion between rape and intimacy carries over into the victim's other relationships. The impact of sexual assault on the victims' families and associates is often as traumatic as on victims themselves. Thus, changes in the legal code, the development of victim assistance centers, and additional research have evolved. There is a need for more education and political activity to destroy myths about rape, as well as changes in the medical and justice systems. Twenty-three references are cited.
Index Term(s): Law reform; Psychological victimization effects; Rape; Rape crisis centers; Sexual assault victims
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