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.
Same-Sex Victimization and the LGBTQ Community
The general discussion on sexual violence in the United States has primarily focused on those victimizations occurring within the context of opposite-sex or heterosexual perpetration. As a result of the focus on sexual violence, rape, and sexual assault of women perpetrated by men, defining same-sex sexual violence has been problematic. Definitions of sexual violence serve multiple purposes, whether they are academic and research based, service oriented, legal, or criminal, and have therefore resulted in varying conceptualizations. For example, for the vast majority of American history, men were systematically excluded as potential rape victims in the legal definitions; it was not until the 1980s when states' statutory provisions began to include men as potential victims ...