Addressing Rape Reform in Law and Practice

Addressing Rape Reform in Law and Practice


By (author) Professor Susan Caringella

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  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 171mm x 235mm x 19mm | 544g
  • Publication date: 8 December 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0231134258
  • ISBN 13: 9780231134255
  • Sales rank: 1,158,950

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The first comprehensive book on rape since Susan Brownmiller's Against Our Will and Susan Estrich's Real Rape, this volume probes every aspect of rape law and the discrepancies between ideal law (on the books) and real law (in action). Susan Caringella canvasses the success and failure of reform in the United States, as well as Australia, Britain, Canada, and New Zealand, and assesses alternative perspectives on rape reform, making use of theoretical models, court cases and statistical data. She uniquely delineates a creative model for change while addressing the discretion that undermines efforts at change. This includes charging the accused and plea bargaining, confronting a lack of transparency and accountability in implementing law, and acquiring funding for such changes.

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Author information

Susan Caringella is a professor in the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice Program, and of Gender and Women's Studies at Western Michigan University. An internationally renowned expert on rape, feminism, and criminology, she is deputy editor of the Journal of Women and Criminal Justice and an editorial board member for the Journal of Violence Against Women and Feminist Criminology.

Table of contents

ContentsAcknowledgments1. Background to Rape Reform2. Legal Chnage Sweeps the Nation3. Failures and Successes4. Avenues for and Attitudes About Victims5. The Legal Landscape6. Affirmative Consent Reform Models7. Consent and Voluntariness, Agreement/Nonconsent and Involuntariness, Nonagreement8. Presumptive Nonagreement9. Mens Rea10. Applying Recklessness and Negligence11. Defenses12. Sexual Assault Under Duress and Fraud13. Reforming Rape Reforms: Outline of the Model Array14. Discussion of the Model Array15. Advantages of a Paradigm Shift16. Recommendations Complementing the Model Rape Law17. Moving Forward: Social Institutions, Structures, and ProcessesNotes, 291References, 317Index, 331