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NCJ Number: 99568 Find in a Library
Title: Language of Sexual Violence - More than a Matter of Semantics (From Violence Against Women - A Critique of the Sociobiology of Rape, P 115-127, 1985, Suzanne R Sunday and Ethel Tobach, eds. - See NCJ-99563)
Author(s): J Blackman
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: Gordian Press, Inc.
Staten Island, NY 10304
Sale Source: Gordian Press, Inc.
85 Tompkins Street
P.O. Box 304
Staten Island, NY 10304
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After challenging the use of the word 'rape' to apply to apparently forced copulation in nonhuman animal species, this chapter discusses the importance of reserving the word 'rape' to apply to an act of sexual violence that has serious physical and psychological consequences for the victim that require extensive treatment.
Abstract: In a 1983 paper, Thiessen depicts rape as 'reproductive strategy' and 'our evolutionary legacy,' based upon his analysis of presumed forced copulation in nonhuman species. This redefinition of rape has the effect of depriving the act in human experience of all the negative connotations with which it has been imbued. The word should be reserved for behavior deemed criminal that severely traumatizes its victims. Rape thus becomes classified as an experience requiring psychological treatment similar to that offered to survivors of other traumatic life events: (1) crisis intervention counseling, (2) followup individual care, and (3) followup group care. Twenty-six references are listed.
Index Term(s): Definitions; Rape; Rape counseling; Sexual assault trauma; Sexual assault victims
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