Rape and the Legal Process

Rape and the Legal Process

Paperback Oxford Monographs on Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

By (author) Jennifer Temkin


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 428 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 232mm x 26mm | 581g
  • Publication date: 13 February 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198763557
  • ISBN 13: 9780198763550
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: tables, bibliography, index
  • Sales rank: 703,274

Product description

Public disquiet has been intermittently but vehemently expressed about the crime of rape and the way it is handled by the criminal justice system. But in the 21st century the legal process still fails to provide an adequate response to sexual violation and abuse. This text examines some of the difficulties which this crime presents and analyses in detail how the legal system could and should be addressing them. Central issues considered include the experience of rape victims, their treatment by the police and the courts and the inadequacies of the present law and the rules of evidence surrounding it. Changes enacted in many different jurisdictions, such as schemes for legal representation for victims of sexual violence are evaluated.

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Author information

Jennifer Temkin LLD is Professor of Law, University of Sussex 1992- Member, Home Office Advisory Group on Video-recorded Evidence in Criminal Trials (The Pigot Committee) 1988-1989 Member National Children's Home Committee of Enquiry into Children and Young People who Abuse other Children 1990-1992 Patron, Standing Committee on Sexually Abused Children, 1993-6. Member, Justice Working Party on Evidence in Rape Trials (1997). Member, Home Office Sexual Offences Review, 1999-2000

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This second edition of Jennifer Temkin's work has been eagerly awaited and it does not disappoint ... very easy to read ... The data is very recent and the analysis is both detailed and interesting. Journal of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians

Table of contents

PREFACE ; ABBREVIATIONS ; TABLE OF CASES ; TABLE OF STATUTES ; 1. Rape, Rape Victims and the Criminal Justice System ; 2. Defining and Redefining Rape ; 3. Alternative Approaches ; 4. Evidence ; 5. Assisting the Victims of Rape ; 6. Conclusion ; SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY ; INDEX