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.
Sexual Victimization Among Intimates
Decades of research have demonstrated that intimate-partner violence, including sexual violence, is a pervasive problem (Tjaden & Thoennes, 2006). Although few studies have measured the prevalence of sexual violence between intimates separately from physical violence, the limited research has suggested that 40% to 50% of battered women also experience sexual assault (Bergen, 1996; Campbell & Soeken, 1999). Also, 18.3% of women in a recent nationally representative community sample reported rape, and 5.6% reported sexual assault victimization (other than rape; Black et al., 2011). Additionally, data from the National Violence Against Women survey indicate that 62% of adult women who reported being raped also reported that an intimate partner had ...