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2011 ACJS Outstanding Book Award

An unprecedented look at college women's risks of and experiences with sexual victimization

Unsafe in the Ivory Tower examines the nature and dimensions of a salient social problem—the sexual victimization of female college students today, and how women respond when they are, in fact, sexually victimized. The authors discuss the research that scholars have conducted to illuminate the origins and extent of this controversial issue as well as what can be done to prevent it. Students and other interested readers learn about the nature of victimization while simultaneously gaining an understanding of the ways in which criminologists, victimologists, and social scientists conduct research that informs theory and policy debates.

Key Features

Provides detailed information about sexual victimization on college campuses today; Introduces broad lessons about the interactions of ideology, science and methodology, and public policy; Integrates current data, research, and theory, based on the authors' national studies of more than 8,000 randomly selected female college students

Intended Audience

This supplemental text is ideal for courses such as Sex Crimes, Violence and Abuse, Victimology, Gender and Crime, Sociology of Violence, Sociology of Women, and the Sociology of Sex and Gender in departments of criminology, criminal justice, sociology, and women's studies. It is also useful for those involved in studying or creating public policy related to this issue and for those interested in sexual victimization on campuses generally.

The Discovery of Sexual Victimization
The discovery of sexual victimization

In the public's mind, the college campus retains the image of an “ivory tower.” It is often said that students graduating from college are now entering the “real world,” which implies that campus life is detached from the hard obligations and unpleasant experiences found beyond the school's boundaries. When a heinous crime occurs—a coed is slain or a shooting rampage occurs such at Virginia Tech—it is shocking not only because of the nature of the offense but also because of the context in which it transpires. Colleges are supposed to be safe havens—places in which young adults mature through scholarly study and by leading social lives in which risky youthful indiscretions, such as drinking too much, ...

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