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.

Being Pursued: The Stalking of Female Students

Being pursued: The stalking of female students

Until the 1990s, relatively little attention was paid to stalking. During this period, however, various “claimsmakers” succeeded in defining stalking as a social problem—so much so that the word stalking became part of the public's lexicon (Lowney & Best, 1995). Thus, several educational and victim service organizations, such as the National Victim Center and Survivors of Stalking, heightened the public's awareness of the problem of stalking (see Monaghan, 1998). The media prominently publicized stalking cases involving Hollywood stars, public officials, and fatal outcomes. Perhaps most noteworthy, legislatures across the nation moved to criminalize stalking behavior (Marks, 1997; McAnaney, Curliss, & Abeyta-Price, 1993).

The first antistalking law was passed in 1990 in California in ...

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