Rape in the Nordic Countries (Open Access): Continuity and Change

Rape in the Nordic Countries (Open Access): Continuity and Change

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While the Nordic countries are listed at the top in most international rankings of gender equality and citizens’ feelings of security, studies on the prevalence of sexual victimisation present a different picture, suggesting that the very countries that have invested much in establishing gender equality actually see a high prevalence of sexual violence. This book sheds light on the phenomenon and construction of rape and other forms of sexual violence within the Nordic region, exploring the ways in which rape and sexual violence are dealt with through criminal law and considering governmental policies aimed at combatting it, with a special focus on legal regulations and developments. Thematically organised, it offers new research on perpetrators, victimhood, criminal justice and prevention. Multi-disciplinary in approach, it brings together the latest work from a range of scholars to offer insights into the situation in the five Nordic countries, asking how and why rape and other forms of sexual violence occur, whilst also addressing the timely issues of online sexual cultures, BDSM and the grey areas of sexual offences. As such, it will appeal to scholars of sociology, criminology and law with interests in gender and sexual violence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780429885129
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/13/2019
Series: Routledge Research in Gender and Society
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 246
Sales rank: 249,397
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Marie Bruvik Heinskou works as Commissioning Editor at Hans Reitzels Publishing House and as external lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen. She is former Associate Professor of Sociology at Aalborg University, Denmark, and has published on sexual violence and violence in leading international journals.

May-Len Skilbrei is Professor at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law at the University of Oslo, Norway. She also holds a position at Norwegian Social Research (NOVA) at Oslo Metropolitan University. Her research interests are gender, sexuality, power and law and she has published books, articles and chapters internationally on how Nordic governments and civil society actors approach prostitution, human trafficking, child sexual abuse and sexual violence.

Kari Stefansen works as a Research Professor at Norwegian Social Research, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway. She is the co-editor of Collaborating against Child Abuse: Exploring the Nordic Barnahus Model. Her current research focuses on youth and sexual violence.

Table of Contents

1. A Nordic Research Agenda on Rape and Sexual Violence

May-Len Skilbrei, Kari Stefansen and Marie Bruvik Heinskou

2. Theorising Sexual Violence in Intimate Relations in Scandinavia: A Literature Review

Margunn Bjørnholt

3. Cultivating Ethical Negotiations or Fetishizing Consent in BDSM?

Monika Grønli Rosten

4. Understanding Unwanted Sexual Touching: A Situational Approach

Kari Stefansen

5. Making the Case for ‘Good Enough’ Rape-Prevalence Estimates: Insights from a School-Based Survey Experiment Among Norwegian Youths

Kari Stefansen, Mette Løvgren and Lars Roar Frøyland

6. From the Protection of Marriage to the Defence of Equality – The Finnish Debate Over the Sexual Autonomy of Wives

Riikka J. Kotanen

7. Towards Voluntariness in Swedish Rape Law: Hyper-Medialised Group Rape Cases and the Shift in the Legal Discourse

Gabriella Nilsson

8. Rape Law and Coercive Circumstances

Helena Jokila and Johanna Niemi

9. Empowered or Protected? The ‘Problem’ of Complainants’ Rights in Danish and Norwegian Preparatory Works on Criminal Procedure

Hildur Fjóla Antonsdóttir

10. Othering the Rapist: Rurality, Sexual Violence, and the Bjästa Case

Lucas Gottzén and Anna Franzén

11. Sexual Transgressing: Situational and Narrative Perspectives

Laura Marie Schierff and Marie Bruvik Heinskou

12. Rape in the Age of Internet

Elisabeth Fransson, Trond Martinsen and Elisabeth Staksrud

13. Digital Sexual Violence: Image-Based Sexual Abuse Among Danish Youth

Sidsel Kirstine Harder, Kathrine Elmose Jørgensen, Jonathan Priesholm Gårdshus and Jakob Demant

14. Breaking the Silence: Social Media Disclosures of Sexual Violence in Iceland

Rannveig Sigurvinsdóttir, Bryndís Björk Ásgeirsdóttir and Sara Arnalds

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