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.

Legislative Origins, Reforms, and Future Directions

Legislative Origins, Reforms, and Future Directions

Legislative origins, reforms, and future directions
Lane KirklandGillespie and LauraKing

Throughout history, criminal laws have been created in order to control as well as to protect members of society. As public sentiment and the definitions of crime have changed throughout time, so too have the laws meant to control criminal behavior and alleviate some of the difficulties experienced by crime victims. Sexual victimization is one such category of crime that has been marked by drastic changes in public sentiment and legislation. These changes have affected not only the manner in which offenders are handled by the criminal justice system but the response to survivors of sexual victimization as well.

The purpose of this chapter is to provide a general overview of the ...

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