The Rape of the Central Park Jogger

Lynn S. Chancer

in High-Profile Crimes

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780226101125
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226101132 | DOI:
The Rape of the Central Park Jogger

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This chapter analyzes the Central Park jogger case in New York which involved the rape and assault of a young woman on April 19, 1989. It examines the media coverage and public reactions to the case and suggests that the case received enough journalistic attention to elevate it to becoming a “provoking assault.” This chapter highlights the role of the media in generating widespread reactions to the case and argues that it symbolized social problems concerning violence against women and inner city violence.

Keywords: Central Park jogger; rape; assault; media coverage; public reactions; social problems; violence against women; inner city violence

Chapter.  12359 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Theory

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