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Crime and Criminal Behavior delves into such hotly debated topics as age of consent, euthanasia and assisted suicide, gambling, guns, internet pornography, marijuana and other drug laws, religious convictions, and terrorism and extremism. From using a faking I.D. to assaulting one’s domestic partner to driving drunk, a vast array of behaviors fit into the definition of criminal. The authors of these 20 chapters examine the historical contexts of each topic and offer arguments both for and against the ways in which legislators and courts have defined and responded to criminal behaviors, addressing the sometimes complex policy considerations involved. Sensitive subjects such as hate crimes are addressed, as are crimes carried out by large groups or states, including war crime and corporate crime. This volume also ...

Date Rape
Date rape

The term date rape was first coined in the 1980s, and refers to a situation in which a woman is forced to engage in sexual activity with a male who is either an acquaintance or someone with whom she has a romantic involvement but who is not her husband. Date rape can also occur among couples of the same sex, and men can also be victims of date rape perpetrated by women. Date rape and other violent sexual interactions among homosexual partners and heterosexual partners with female aggressors have been documented, but the majority of date rape crimes occur with a male aggressor and a female victim engaged in a heterosexual relationship.

Rape, and specifically date rape, is among the most controversial and ...

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