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NCJ Number: 97824 Find in a Library
Title: Sexual Violence - The Reality for Women
Corporate Author: London Rape Crisis Centre
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 151
Sponsoring Agency: London Rape Crisis Centre
London, WC1X 9NJ, England
Women's Press Ltd
London E1, England
Sale Source: Women's Press Ltd
124 Shoreditch High Street
London E1,
United Kingdom
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This book discusses the politics of rape, describes the emotional reactions of victims, and provides information about the medical and legal aspects of rape.
Abstract: Myths and realities of rape are examined, including the myth that 'rape is an act committed by a maniac.' Reactions experienced by rape victims and those close to them, such as anger and guilt, are detailed. The history of the law on rape and related offenses and its basis in the protection of the rights of men is provided. The various sexual assault offenses in Great Britain are outlined, including indecent assault and indecent exposure. Possible defenses for accused rapists are noted, and the victim's legal position as a witness is highlighted. Guidelines for reporting a rape to the police are supplied; components of the process (for example, the medical examination) are described. Court proceedings are traced from the trial to the sentence. Medical information is provided on pregnancy prevention methods for rape victims, abortion, common veneraal diseases, and common physical and psychological reactions to sexual assault. Additional information pertains sexual harassment at work to recommended rape prevention measures, and help available from the London Rape Crisis Center. Included are 47 notes.
Index Term(s): Crime specific countermeasures; Female victims; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Rape; Sex offenses; Sexual assault victims; Sexual harassment
Note: Women's Press Handbook Series.
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