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 3: Criminal Justice System Treatment Approaches for Sexual Assault Victims
The criminal justice system's treatment of victims has changed over time to include mechanisms for victim involvement in prosecution. However, crime victims—and victims of sexual crimes in particular—do not always experience the best treatment by criminal justice system personnel. One of the common problems crime victims report is that they feel blamed and/or are treated with insensitivity by criminal justice officials. In addition, victims of sexual crimes often report that they do not feel that justice was served in their case. A sexual assault victim's involvement in the system is arguably a bit different from that of the victim who experiences other types of crime due to the ...