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“As the backlash against feminist research continues unabated, this important volume signals no retreat. Bringing together the foremost international researchers in the area of violence against women, Researching Sexual Violence Against Women offers excellent assessments of the dimensions of date rape-particularly on college campuses. Reasons why this form of violence against women has provoked such intense responses as well as new methodologies are thoroughly explored. Finally, the work examines the impact this research has on those who do it and calls for more work on women's victimization and the links between it and other forms of discrimination.” – Meda Chesney-Lind, Women's Studies Program, University of Hawaii–Manoa A remarkable introduction to research in the field, Researching Sexual Violence Against Women provides cutting-edge information on the various ...

Self-Blame in Hidden Rape Cases
Self-blame in hidden rape cases
VictoriaL.Pitts and MartinD.Schwartz

Looking at official statistics, one would think that one of America's rarest crimes is rape on college campuses. As other authors have explained in this book, campus victimization surveys have uncovered dramatically more self-reports of victimization than any other source. What this shows is that most campus rape is hidden from view.

One widely cited reason for this is the self-blame that counselors almost universally claim is widespread among victims. In a society widely considered to be rape supportive, the messages that excuse rapists are heard as often and as intensely by women, with the result that women themselves are sometimes unable to affix blame when they voluntarily entered a man's apartment, when they ...

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