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Introduction

Michelle L. Meloy and Susan L. Miller

in The Victimization of Women

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199765102
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199944187 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765102.003.0009
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In recent years much academic literature exists to educate people about crime victims' experiences and the obstacles that limit their choices and abilities to prevent or handle their victimization. Blatant victim blaming has fallen out of vogue. Laws have been enacted to reflect a movement away from victim precipitation or provocation theories. Protocols used by police and prosecutors to respond to crime victims have been revamped, reflecting a change from traditional beliefs about shared victim responsibility to a new awareness of the support a victim needs when navigating the criminal justice system. Yet despite these best efforts, victim blaming and myths about victims persist. This book presents the major debates, controversies, quagmires, unintended consequences, and unanswered questions about victims, victims' rights, and victim-centered policies. Instead of taking a more gender-neutral approach, it focuses on crimes of personal violence committed by (mostly) men against (mostly) women and girls, such as sexual assault and rape, battering, and, to a lesser extent, stalking.

Keywords: women; crimes; crime victims; victimization; criminal justice; victim blaming; personal violence; sexual assault; rape; battering

Chapter.  4916 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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