Sexual Victimization: Then and Now provides scholars easy access to information that specifically examines the continuum of sex crimes and the perception of victims by our criminal justice system and society as a whole. This text features contributions from well-known researchers in the field and serves as an important resource to provide scholars with up-to-date research on sexual victimization that will educate students on this complex and evolving challenge for the criminal justice system. The authors approach the concept by examining how the criminal justice system handles sexual victimization, the association between individuals in a relationship and sexual assault, and unusual and special issues associated with contemporary sexual victimization. By discussing these issues, the theoretical explanations for these crimes and the effectiveness of the policy that has been applied will effectively link the criminological areas of theory, research, and policy.

State Variations on Definition of Sexual Assault

State Variations on Definition of Sexual Assault
State variations on definition of sexual assault
AmandaBurgess-Proctor and Christopher G.Urban

The task of evaluating state sexual assault statutes is more complicated than it might appear at first. States have long ago abandoned a solitary “rape” law in favor of more nuanced and multilayered sets of laws. Even a cursory exploration of sexual assault legislation demonstrates that these laws address a wide variety of proscribed behaviors, including (but not limited to) child sexual assault; adult sexual assault; statutory rape; rape occurring within correctional, educational, and other specific populations; sodomy; and bestiality. There is also tremendous variation in the terminology states use to describe sexual assault (“sexual abuse,” “criminal sexual conduct,” “sexual battery,” “sexual torture,” etc.), and there likewise exists no ...

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