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Overview

Many men believe that they can force women to have sex against their will and that it isn't rape--at least, not if the man knows the women and doesn't beat her up or wield a weapon. The law's casual treatment of such rape cases is the subject of this pioneering book, which is both a powerful exposé of the often shocking facts and a trenchantly written call for reform.
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Editorial Reviews

Christian Science Monitor

Real Rape is a vital book for judges, lawyers, law students, legislators, police officers, and those working in rape crisis centers...Estrich's writing is calm, logical, eloquent, and often scathingly ironic. On its own terms, her book is valuable for its untangling of the various threads of illogic that have formed the centuries-old web that has prevented justice from being served.
— Catherine Foster

San Francisco Examiner

A powerful indictment of the sexism, double standards and institutionalized distrust of women that lie behind the legal system's refusal to treat 'simple' rape (the legal term for sexual assault in which the victim knows her assailant and no weapon or overt physical violence is used) as a real crime. This is an important book, well researched and tightly argued...Estrich addresses the issues directly, cogently and with the sense of urgency and outrage the seriousness of the crime deserves.
— K. Kaufmann

New York Times Book Review

A persuasive argument for legal change.
— Carole Gould

University of Chicago Law Review

Real Rape is a powerful book. It reveals and empowers women's experiences in law. If it succeeds in creating a drive for the revision of rape law, it may enable women to get out from under the 'unfair struggle with the forces of perception.'
— Kim Lane Scheppele

Boston Globe

[A] brave, simply focused and powerfully reasoned book.
— Christina Robb

Christian Science Monitor - Catherine Foster
Real Rape is a vital book for judges, lawyers, law students, legislators, police officers, and those working in rape crisis centers...Estrich's writing is calm, logical, eloquent, and often scathingly ironic. On its own terms, her book is valuable for its untangling of the various threads of illogic that have formed the centuries-old web that has prevented justice from being served.
San Francisco Examiner - K. Kaufmann
A powerful indictment of the sexism, double standards and institutionalized distrust of women that lie behind the legal system's refusal to treat 'simple' rape (the legal term for sexual assault in which the victim knows her assailant and no weapon or overt physical violence is used) as a real crime. This is an important book, well researched and tightly argued...Estrich addresses the issues directly, cogently and with the sense of urgency and outrage the seriousness of the crime deserves.
Laurence Tribe
No one will ever again be able to address the legal problems of rape without taking Susan Estrich's landmark work into account. It is a model of how to think about a perplexing legal issue without losing track either of logic or of human experience.
New York Times Book Review - Carole Gould
A persuasive argument for legal change.
University of Chicago Law Review - Kim Lane Scheppele
Real Rape is a powerful book. It reveals and empowers women's experiences in law. If it succeeds in creating a drive for the revision of rape law, it may enable women to get out from under the 'unfair struggle with the forces of perception.'
Boston Globe - Christina Robb
[A] brave, simply focused and powerfully reasoned book.
Library Journal
The title refers to acquaintance rape, which the author, a Harvard Law School professor, maintains has frequently been characterized by the courts and the general public as not ``real rape.'' Estrich traces the legal history of rape by a non-stranger. Her unremarkable findings, that acquaintance rape has been and continues to be reported less often than stranger rape, to be prosecuted less frequently, and to result in conviction less often, are stated and restated throughout this very short bookonly about 100 pages are devoted to the text, the balance consisting of indexes and notes. She makes an articulate plea for change in the law and its application so that it will no longer be the rape victim who has to prove her innocence. Recommended for larger law collections. Anne Twitchell, Sch. of Architecture Library, University of Maryland, College Park
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674749443
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/1988
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 174
  • Product dimensions: 0.40 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Estrich is Robert Kingsley Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Southern California.
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Table of Contents

1. My story

2. Is it Rape?

3. Wrong Answers: The Common Law Approach

4. Modern Law: The Survival of Suspicion

5. The Law Reform Solution

6. New Answers

Notes

Index of Cases

General Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2003

    Nonsense

    I do not condone rape and I oppose anyone who would perform such a violent, degrading act but the author is mistaken if she thinks that YES sometimes means NO. NO means NO and YES means YES, period. Deviation from this basic logic forces a gray area condition and that's delusional. The author is on a witch hunt and most of the material isn't worth the time spent reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2001

    Fantasy World

    Give me a break. This book is a joke. Tries to identify problems that simply don't exist. I appreciate Ms. Estrich's own unfortunate experiences, but that doesn't justify broadsweeping, unfounded, unsupported and counterintuitive conclusions. A world that simply doesn;t exist . . . thank God.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2000

    Balderdash

    This is a man-hunt. Where's the evidence and the even-handed production of witnesses, documentation? Conversations with the spectrum of professionals is non-existent. This 'book' is not worthy of further consideration.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2000

    Real Rape on the Readers

    The above title is a more accurate description of this book. The author writes in the same confusing manner that she displays on the many Cable Television shows she regularly appears on. The book does not present the reader with enough pertinent information on this most complex and brutal of Felony crimes.

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