The Crime of Rape

Rape--it's an all too familiar event in many women's lives. But what is being done to prevent its occurrence? How do victims deal with the trauma of rape? How are local agencies dealing with the increasing number of victims? How effective are available treatment programs? From the causes of rape to its lingering effects, from disclosure to treatment, "The Rape Victim" offers the most complete examination to date on this most heinous crime. The authors address the trauma of rape, prevention, rape as a community issue, rape crisis centers, date rape, clinical treatment of rape victims, and group treatment for survivors. Psychologists, mental health professionals, social workers, criminologists, nurses, and counselors will benefit from the wealth of information contained in this impressive volume. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2002 APA, all rights reserved)
Koss,Mary P.
Harvey,Mary R.
IB- 0-8039-3894-2, hardcover IB- 0-8039-3895-0, paperback LA- English AN- 1991-97931-000
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Chapter 1-- This chapter focuses on the crime of rape. Legal definitions, frequency, and causes of rape are highlighted. The authors discuss how incidence and prevalence numbers are generated. Rape is no longer viewed exclusively from a criminal justice framework. Implications for women's health are also considered. The health burden of rape is investigated cross-culturally, focusing on its prevalence and psychological, sociocultural, somatic, and reproductive health consequences. Cross-cultural differences between normative and non-normative rape are explored. Problems such as the difficulties associated with collecting valid and reliable data, women's reluctance to report rape, and failure to accurately assess the aftereffects of rape are discussed. Conclusions focus on how research can improve the physical and mental health of women worldwide.
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Effects; prevalence; statistics
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