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.

Victim Secrets: Acknowledging and Reporting Sexual Victimization

Victim secrets: Acknowledging and reporting sexual victimization

Consider these two scenarios.

Scenario 1: You are walking home alone and an assailant steps in front of you, pulls a gun, and demands your purse. You surrender it and, though scared, you feel fortunate only to have lost your property, which can, after all, be replaced. You clearly know what has happened to you; a crime has been committed. If you decide to call a police officer, you are confident that the officer will believe you and record your complaint. You do not mind telling your parents because, although embarrassed a bit (they had told you “never to walk home alone”), being robbed was not your fault.

Scenario 2: You meet a guy ...

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