Rape

Rape

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by Miranda Horvath
     
 

Rape remains one of the most controversial and emotionally charged issues within criminal justice and receives high-profile coverage internationally. Despite many changes in the law, practice and procedure in the investigation of rape allegations, victims continue to be routinely blamed for their victimization. Further, only a very small number of perpetrators ever

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Rape remains one of the most controversial and emotionally charged issues within criminal justice and receives high-profile coverage internationally. Despite many changes in the law, practice and procedure in the investigation of rape allegations, victims continue to be routinely blamed for their victimization. Further, only a very small number of perpetrators ever face prosecution, let alone conviction.

This book aims to take stock of current thinking and research about rape and the way it is handled in practice within the criminal justice system, and to challenge some of the widely held but inaccurate beliefs. It brings together leading researchers in the field from psychology, sociology and law, considering the latest research and presenting new data from a strong theoretical and contextual base.

The main focus of this book is on adult victims of rape, with chapters exploring such issues as the media, the use of alcohol and drugs, police decision making, conviction patterns, and interviewing victims.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781843925194
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/24/2011
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

List of tables and figures vii

List of abbreviations ix

Acknowledgements xi

Notes on contributors xiii

Foreword Mary P. Koss xxiii

1 Setting the scene: introduction to understanding rape Miranda A. H. Horvath Jennifer M. Brown 1

Part 1 Processes and Representations

2 Rape myth acceptance: cognitive, affective and behavioural effects of beliefs that blame the victim and exonerate the perpetrator Gerd Bohner Friederike Eyssel Afroditi Pina Frank Siebler G. Tendayi Viki 17

3 Anger, disgust and sexual crimes Roger Giner-Sorolla Pascale S. Russell 46

4 Rape in the media Jenny Kitzinger 74

5 Sexual scripts, sexual refusals and rape Hannah Frith 99

Part 2 Victim Vulnerabilities

6 Alcohol and drugs in rape and sexual assault Jo Lovett Miranda A. H. Horvath 125

7 Narratives of survival: South Asian women's experience of rape Aisha Gill 161

8 Invaded spaces and feeling dirty: women's narratives of violation in prostitution and sexual violence Muddy Coy 184

9 Reviewing rape and rape allegations in London: what are the vulnerabilities of the victims who report to the police? Betsy Stanko Emma Williams 207

Part 3 The Criminal Justice System

10 Seeking proof or truth: naturalistic decision-making by police officers when considering rape allegations Stephanie O'Keeffe Jennifer M. Brown Evanthia Lyons 229

11 Police interviews of rape victims: tensions and contradictions Lesley McMillan Michelle Thomas 255

12 A vicious cycle? Attrition and conviction patterns in contemporary rape cases in England and Wales Vanessa E. Munro Liz Kelly 281

13 Addressing the attitude problem in rape trials: some proposals and methodological considerations Barbara Krahé Jennifer Temkin 301

Part 4 Concluding Remarks

14 Do you believe her and is it real rape? Jennifer M. Brown Miranda A. H. Horvath 325

Index 343

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