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‘Impressive progress alongside persistent problems’: rape law, policy and practice in the United States

Lynn Hecht Schafran and Jillian Weinberger

in International approaches to rape

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426208
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302629 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847426208.003.0010
‘Impressive progress alongside persistent problems’: rape law, policy and practice in the United States

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This chapter discusses the successes of the rape law reform movement, as well as the cultural and other barriers that continue to prevent fair treatment of rape cases. There is less research on male and same-sex victims, but it is believed that male victims are even less likely than female victims to report because of the even greater stigma for victimised men. A rape defendant can plead guilty to the charge, plea bargain to a lesser charge and shorter sentence, or plead to a lesser charge for a non-sexual offence.

Keywords: rape law; fair treatment; same-sex victims; male victims; stigma; reform movement; non-sexual offence; United States

Chapter.  12880 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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