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.

Victimization of the Vulnerable

Victimization of the Vulnerable

Victimization of the vulnerable
TammyGarland and ChristinaPolicastro

“Vulnerability refers to the ease of being victimized and the impact the crime has upon the victim” (Doerner & Lab, 2008, p. 293). Although all populations may experience some type of sexual victimization, it is those who are deemed vulnerable that are placed at a heightened risk. Sexually vulnerable populations are not limited by age (e.g., children and the elderly); others may be considered at risk due to mental illness or disabilities as well as situational and lifestyle factors such as homelessness or incarceration. However, for the purposes of this chapter, child, elderly, and inmate sexual victimization will be examined.

Those who are at a greater dependency or are under the direct care of others are at ...

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