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.
The Fine Line Between Statutory Rape and Consensual Relationships
Various forms and experiences of sexual assault and victimization are discussed in this volume, but they share a common theme: a lack of consent from the victim. When an assailant uses physical force, a weapon, a threat of force, or a threat of harm against the victim's loved ones, the law is clear that the sexual act was nonconsensual, engaged in against the victim's will, and is thus labeled “forcible.” When other tactics are used to overpower a victim and facilitate a sexual assault (e.g., the assailant has sex with an incapacitated or intoxicated victim, drugs the victim, or is verbally coercive), these sexual acts, even in the ...