Rape and Sexual Assault

Janet Lauritsen

in Criminology

ISBN: 9780195396607
Published online April 2011 | | DOI:
Rape and Sexual Assault

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Scholarly attention to the subject of rape and sexual assault involves a wide array of issues, including analyses and debates about: the nature and scope of the phenomenon; incidence and prevalence estimates; the history of laws about rape; the sources of public perceptions and myths about rape; victims’ experiences and risk for rape and sexual assault; the physical and psychological consequences of the event; effective treatments and responses to rape and sexual assault; the availability of other victim services; offenders’ motivations and the etiology of offending; appropriate punishments for those who commit rape or sexual assault; historical variations in rates of rape; differences across places or groups in rates; necessary legal reforms and their likelihood of success; and political activism to reduce rape and sexual assault. Given this wide range of important issues, it is obvious that scholarly research on rape and sexual assault is not limited to the field of criminology. It has been studied using various disciplinary perspectives, such as anthropology, sociology, psychology, political science, history, law, and philosophy, and most importantly, feminism. As an interdisciplinary science, there is no clear line dividing criminological from noncriminological research on this topic. However, a tendency exists for criminological research to focus on the measurement of rape and sexual assault victimization, risk assessment for victims, variation in rates across groups and places, and legal reforms and their effects on the handling of such cases by the criminal justice system.

Article.  7067 words. 

Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Criminal Justice ; Criminology

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