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Lane Kirkland Gillespie & Laura King

In: Sexual Victimization: Then and Now

Chapter 2: Legislative Origins, Reforms, and Future Directions

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Legislative Origins, Reforms, and Future Directions
Legislative origins, reforms, and future directions
Lane KirklandGillespie and LauraKing

Throughout history, criminal laws have been created in order to control as well as to protect members of society. As public sentiment and the definitions of crime have changed throughout time, so too have the laws meant to control criminal behavior and alleviate some of the difficulties experienced by crime victims. Sexual victimization is one such category of crime that has been marked by drastic changes in public sentiment and legislation. These changes have affected not only the manner in which offenders are handled by the criminal justice system but the response to survivors of sexual victimization as well.

The purpose of this chapter is to provide a general overview of the ...

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