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2011 ACJS Outstanding Book Award

An unprecedented look at college women's risks of and experiences with sexual victimization

Unsafe in the Ivory Tower examines the nature and dimensions of a salient social problem—the sexual victimization of female college students today, and how women respond when they are, in fact, sexually victimized. The authors discuss the research that scholars have conducted to illuminate the origins and extent of this controversial issue as well as what can be done to prevent it. Students and other interested readers learn about the nature of victimization while simultaneously gaining an understanding of the ways in which criminologists, victimologists, and social scientists conduct research that informs theory and policy debates.

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Provides detailed information about sexual victimization on college campuses today; Introduces broad lessons ...

Beyond Rape: The Pervasiveness of Sexual Victimization
Beyond rape: The pervasiveness of sexual victimization

The criminal status of rape, coupled with grassroots efforts by campus safety and women's advocacy groups, have combined to keep rape prominent on the policy agendas of federal and state policymakers and of campus administrators. Indeed, rape on campus has been among the most extensively addressed issues by state-level and congressional statutes (Carter & Bath, 2007; Sloan & Shoemaker, 2007). A key requirement of the federal The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 USC § 1092(f)) (hereafter the Clery Act), for example, is that postsecondary institutions publish and distribute an annual report of seven major categories of crime statistics. Included in this crime reporting requirement ...

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