survivors

Calling it rape: Differences in experience of women who do or do not label their sexual assault rape

Past research had found that one-half or more of all women who have had an experience that might meet the definition of rape do not label themselves as rape victims. The present study examined the actual rape experience of 233 women who labeled their assault as rape and 56 women who did not label their assault experience as rape through questionnaires and open-ended descriptions of what happened during their assault.

Having the last word: An examination of rape survivors' participation in sentencing

How should feminists concerned about women's experiences with rape prosecution position themselves relative to victims' rights legislation? This interview-based study focuses on rape survivors' talk about their participation in the criminal justice process and their emotional investments in prosecution. The authors examine how they account for their participation in sentencing--in particular, how they justify having pursued particular kinds of involvements or not. The authors identify four motivations to write to the court and to attend or speak at sentencing.

Rape as a community issue

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.

Preventing sexual assault

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 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.

After-Rape Among Three Populations in the Southwest: A Time of Mourning, a Time for Recovery

Narrative analysis of open-ended interviews with 62 female survivors of rape from three populations in the Southwest (Native American, Mexican American, Anglo) uncovered commonalities and dissimilarities in women's description of their experience of afterrape (rape survival). Although all three groups reported experiences that confirm aspects of prior analyses of reactions to rape, the narrative analysis highlights variations in reactions to rape across the three groups.

Assisting rape victims as they recover from rape: The impact on friends

Many rape survivors turn to their friends for support during recovery, but friends may have emotional; reactions that seriously affect their ability to support rape survivors. This study examined the impact of sexual assault disclosure by surveying 60 friends of rape victims about their experience helping survivors. Overall, these friends reacted positively; they did not blame the rape survivor, were not distressed, felt that their helping efforts were effective, and believed their friendship grew. But, this generally positive picture did not hold true for all participants.

Criminal Justice and Behavior The factors related to rape reporting behavior and arrest: new evidence from the National Crime Victimization Survey

Using recently released data from the redesigned National Crime victimization Survey from 1992 to 1994, this article examines those factors related to the probability of a tape victimization being reported to police and the subsequent probability of an arrest being made. The contextual characteristics examined were the victim-offender relationship, injuries sustained by victims, weapon use by offenders, marital status and age of victim, and location of occurrence. Analyses focused exclusively on one-on-one incidents of rape against adult women perpetrated by nudes.

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