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.
Chapter 12: Sexual Victimization and the Disputed Victim
Deep schisms and sharp debates surround sexual victimization of individuals connected to the legal or illegal commercial sex industry. The commercial sex industry, built upon the buying and selling of sexual activity, is fiercely disputed as either benignly beneficial or expansively exploitive. This chapter focuses on several types of individuals involved in the commercial sex industry, giving greatest attention to those engaging in prostitution—a key form of commercial sexual activity. First, the chapter highlights the shifting depiction of prostituted minors who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, from juvenile delinquents routinely arrested and adjudicated on prostitution charges to domestic minor sex-trafficking victims legally guaranteed protection from prosecution. Next, the chapter reviews the ...