Taking the Stand

Rape Survivors and the Prosecution of Rapists

Author: Amanda Konradi

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275997182

Category: Law

Page: 227

View: 4444

Follows 47 rape survivors of varied ages and ethnicities, focusing on the women's experiences throughout the criminal justice processes.

Rape, Victims, and Investigations

Experiences and Perceptions of Law Enforcement Officers Responding to Reported Rapes

Author: Shana L Maier

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136684921

Category: Social Science

Page: 206

View: 4316

Despite changes to laws and attitudes, rape continues at epidemic levels worldwide. As gatekeepers to the criminal justice system, law enforcement officers are important to the processing of rape cases and their interactions with victims can potentially affect the victim’s reaction to and recovery from rape. In order to better understand rape and the processing of cases through the criminal justice and legal systems, Rape, Victims and Investigations explores the unique perceptions and experiences of detectives who respond to rape victims and investigate rape cases. The detective’s investigation is the foundation of the prosecution’s case; the book considers factors that contribute to the challenging nature of rape investigations, such as lack of evidence or a clear, credible victim statement. Detectives’ perceptions of victims’ revictimization by the criminal justice and legal systems are also explored. The book also looks at specific causes of police stress and burnout related to working rape cases, financial struggles faced by departments, and ways to meet these challenges. By integrating previous research within the context of rich interview data, Rape, Victims and Investigations provides deep insight for readers and will contribute to the continued improvement of treatment of victims by the criminal justice system. The book will be essential reading for academics, students, law enforcement officers, those who provide services to sexual assault victims and victims themselves.

Sex, Sexuality, Law, and (In)justice

Author: Henry F. Fradella,Jennifer M. Sumner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317528913

Category: Social Science

Page: 504

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Sex, Sexuality, Law, and (In)Justice covers a wide range of legal issues associated with sexuality, gender, reproduction, and identity. These are critical and sensitive issues that law enforcement and other criminal justice professionals need to understand. The book synthesizes the literature across a wide breadth of perspectives, exposing students to law, psychology, criminal justice, sociology, philosophy, history, and, where relevant, biology, to critically examine the social control of sex, gender, and sexuality across history. Specific federal and state case law and statutes are integrated throughout the book, but the text moves beyond the intersection between law and sexuality to focus just as much on social science as it does on law. This book will be useful in teaching courses in a range of disciplines—especially criminology and criminal justice, history, political science, sociology, women and gender studies, and law.

Resurrection After Rape

A Guide to Transforming from Victim to Survivor

Author: Matt Atkinson,Victoria Bailey

Publisher: RAR Publishing

ISBN: 0615209661

Category: Psychology

Page: 302

View: 5215

A top-selling, best-reviewed book about women's recovery from rape trauma, "Resurrection After Rape" is an ideal resource for counselors, treatment centers, college course texts, and survivors of rape.

Rape Work

Victims, Gender and Emotions in Organization and Community Context

Author: Patricia Yancey Martin

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415927741

Category: Political Science

Page: 280

View: 9398

Despite the increase in rape crisis centers and improvement s in the treatment of rape victims over the past twenty years, many rape victims find themselves the victime of a 'second rape' by the doctors, lawyers, judges and administrators who process them. Using interviews, studies and archives, Rape Work takes a critical look at the officials who process rape victims to show how the structure of their respective organizations often prevents them from giving victims responsive care.--COVER.

Crash Into Me

A Survivor's Search for Justice

Author: Liz Seccuro

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1596915854

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 247

View: 4132

A haunting personal account by the woman at the center of the highly publicized "12-Step Apology" rape case describes how her attacker's written apology and her own struggles to heal prompted their e-mail correspondence, disturbing realizations about other attackers, and her eventual decision to prosecute. A first book.

Missoula

Rape and the Justice System in a College Town

Author: Jon Krakauer

Publisher: Anchor Books

ISBN: 0804170568

Category: True Crime

Page: 416

View: 7905

Missoula, Montana, is home to a highly regarded state university whose beloved football team inspires a rabidly loyal fan base. Between January 2008 and May 2012, the Department of Justice investigated 350 sexual assaults reported by students to the Missoula police. Many of the alleged perpetrators played for the Grizzlies. Few of the cases were properly handled by either the university or local authorities. In Missoula, Krakauer chronicles the searing experiences of some of the victims: the nights when they were raped; their fear and self-doubt in the aftermath; the way they were treated by police, prosecutors, and defense attorneys; their bravery in pushing forward and what it cost them. Krakauer's dispassionate, rigorously documented account of what these women endured cuts through the abstract ideological debate about campus rape. College-age women are not raped because they are promiscuous, or send mixed signals, or seek attention. They are the victims of a terrible crime, deserving of fairness from a justice system that is clearly broken.

South of Forgiveness

A True Story of Rape and Responsibility

Author: Elva Thordis,Stranger Tom

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 1510730028

Category: True Crime

Page: 320

View: 9059

One ordinary spring morning in Reykjavik, Iceland, Thordis Elva kisses her son and partner goodbye before boarding a plane to do a remarkable thing: fly seven thousand miles to South Africa to confront the man who raped her when she was just sixteen. Meanwhile, in Sydney, Australia, Tom Stranger nervously embarks on an equally life-changing journey to meet Thordis, wondering whether he is worthy of this milestone. After exchanging hundreds of searingly honest emails over eight years, Thordis and Tom decided it was time to speak face to face. Coming from opposite sides of the globe, they meet in the middle, in Cape Town, South Africa, a country that is no stranger to violence and the healing power of forgiveness. South of Forgiveness is an unprecedented collaboration between a survivor and a perpetrator, each equally committed to exploring the darkest moment of their lives. It is a true story about being bent but not broken, facing fear with courage, and finding hope even in the most wounded of places. Personable, accessible, and compelling, South of Forgiveness is an intense and refreshing look at a gendered violence, rape culture, personal responsibility, and the effect that patriarchal cultures have on both men and women.

Lucky

Author: Alice Sebold

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501171631

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 9399

An acclaimed journalist shares the gripping story of her rape when she was a college freshman, achieving justice in the courtroom, and triumphing in the face of violence.

A False Report

A True Story of Rape in America

Author: T. Christian Miller,Ken Armstrong

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 1524759937

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 8808

"This is an expanded version of 'An unbelievable story of rape' ... originally published on ProPublica (propublica.org) and co-published with the Marshall Project on December 15, 2015"--Title page verso.

The Lovely Bones

Author: Alice Sebold

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 9780759527737

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 396

Once in a generation a novel comes along that taps a vein of universal human experience, resonating with readers of all ages. The Lovely Bones is such a book - a phenomenal #1 bestseller celebrated at once for its narrative artistry, its luminous clarity of emotion, and its astoniishing power to lay claim to the hearts of millions of readers around the world. "My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973." So begins the story of Susie Salmon, who is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected, even as she is watching life on eath continue without her - her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling. Out of unspeakable traged and loss, The Lovely Bones succeeds, miraculously, in building a tale filled with hope, humor, suspense, even joy "A stunning achievement." -The New Yorker "Deeply affecting. . . . A keenly observed portrait of familial love and how it endures and changes over time." -New York Times "A triumphant novel. . . . It's a knockout." -Time "Destined to become a classic in the vein of To Kill a Mockingbird. . . . I loved it." -Anna Quindlen "A novel that is painfully fine and accomplished." -Los Angeles Times "The Lovely Bones seems to be saying there are more important things in life on earth than retribution. Like forgiveness, like love." -Chicago Tribune

Taking the Stand

Rape Survivors' Agency Reporting, Preparing, and Testifying in the Criminal Justice Process

Author: Amanda Konradi

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Criminal justice, Administration of

Page: 824

View: 6816

Witness for the Defense

The Accused, the Eyewitness, and the Expert Who Puts Memory on Trial

Author: Elizabeth Loftus,Katherine Ketcham

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312084554

Category: Law

Page: 288

View: 4371

Includes material on the case of Steve Titus, Ted Bundy, Timothy Hennis, Tony Herrerez, Howard Haupt, Clarence Von Williams, John Demjanjuk, and Tyrone Briggs.

Cry Rape

The True Story of One Woman's Harrowing Quest for Justice

Author: Bill Lueders

Publisher: Terrace Books

ISBN: 9780299219604

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 275

View: 414

Provides an account of a rape victim's struggle to find justice after a detective coerced her to retract her statement about the incident and she was charged with falsely reporting a crime.

Unfinished Murder

The Capture of a Serial Rapist

Author: James Neff

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743460553

Category: True Crime

Page: 368

View: 3260

From 1983 to 1988, he made Cleveland's West Side his hunting ground and its women his prey. He spied on them, silently invading their most intimate moments, then entered their homes. For the victims of serial rapist Ronnie Shelton, the ordeal began with his terrifying whisper: "Don't look at me. Do what I say and you won't get hurt...." Each woman had been attacked by a stranger who in a moment devastated her life and left her to face "unfinished murder" -- the emotional and psychological devastation that is the aftermath of rape. At the end of a five-year manhunt, Shelton would be convicted of raping twenty-nine women -- probably less than a third of those he actually raped. Unfinished Murder is the incredible story of a group of survivors who found the courage to speak out, to testify against Shelton and see justice served. During his reign of terror, they lived in fear and silence, warned by him that if they talked he would come back and kill them. After his arrest, they bonded together and found understanding and healing.... Among his victims were Karen Holztrager, a wife and mother who was haunted later by recurring nightmares...Becky Roth, a teacher of the handicapped, who after the rape suffered depression, suicidal feelings, and, subsequently, a shattered marriage...Betty Ocilka, a postal worker and policeman's widow, who forced herself not to cry during the attack because the sound would frighten her young son sleeping upstairs. Detective Bob Matuszny, who knew Betty Ocilka and had known her late husband, made Shelton's arrest his personal mission. Matuszny was outraged that a serial rapist was marauding through his city -- and furious that the police were being outwitted by a criminal who brazenly struck the moment their lookouts were down. Despite bureaucratic red tape and paralyzing city budget cuts, Matuszny persevered. But it would take years to make the connection that the low-level criminal brought in by police over a dozen times -- for assault, probation violations, bar brawls, and disturbing the peace -- was guilty of so much more. Based on author James Neff's interviews with the survivors, police, psychiatrists, and with Ronnie Shelton, Unfinished Murder probes the contradictory mind of a sex offender to determine what went wrong -- and why the warning signs of his disturbing behavior went unnoticed for so long. Shelton's distorted sexual fantasies and propensity for violence during his teenage years made a lethal mix; yet he slipped through every one of society's safety nets to become a calculating and seemingly unstoppable adult offender. UNFINISHED MURDER is an astounding expose of police work hampered by an overtaxed urban criminal justice system; it is also an indictment of society's failure to address the issue of rape and its brutal aftermath. Most of all, it is the uplifting story of women who found a unified voice with which to demand justice. Their silent fear turned to triumph on the day Ronnie Shelton was sentenced to 3,198 years in prison. Their healing process continues.

Rape and the Culture of the Courtroom

Author: Andrew E. Taslitz

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814782293

Category: Law

Page: 210

View: 6690

Rape law reform has been a stunning failure. Defense lawyers persist in emphasizing victims' characters over defendants' behavior. Reform's goals of increasing rape report and conviction rates have generally not been achieved. In Rape and the Culture of the Courtroom, Andrew Taslitz locates the cause of rape reform failure in the language lawyers use, and the cultural stories upon which they draw to dominate rape victims in the courtroom. Cultural stories about rape, Taslitz argues, such as the provocatively dressed woman "asking for it," are at the root of many unconscious prejudices that determine jury views. He connects these stories with real-life examples, such as the Mike Tyson and Glen Ridge rape trials, to show how rape stereotypes are used by defense lawyers to gain acquittals for their clients. Building on Deborah Tannen's pathbreaking research on the differences between male and female speech, Taslitz also demonstrates how word choice, tone, and other lawyers' linguistic tactics work to undermine the confidence and the credibility of the victim, weakening her voice during the trial. Taslitz provides politically realistic reform proposals, consistent with feminist theories of justice, which promise to improve both the adversary system in general and the way that the system handles rape cases.

Speak

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

ISBN: 9781429997041

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 208

View: 6242

The first ten lies they tell you in high school. "Speak up for yourself--we want to know what you have to say." From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication. In Laurie Halse Anderson's powerful novel, an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself. Speak was a 1999 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature.

Jane Doe January

My Twenty-Year Search for Truth and Justice

Author: Emily Winslow

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062434845

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 8926

In the vein of Alice Sebold’s Lucky, comes a compelling, real-life crime mystery and gripping memoir of the cold case prosecution of a serial rapist, told by one of his victims. On the morning of September 12, 2013, a fugitive task force arrested Arthur Fryar at his apartment in Brooklyn. His DNA, entered in the FBI’s criminal database after a drug conviction, had been matched to evidence from a rape in Pennsylvania years earlier. Over the next year, Fryar and his lawyer fought his extradition and prosecution for the rape—and another like it—which occurred in 1992. The victims—one from January of that year, the other from November—were kept anonymous in the media. This is the story of Jane Doe January. Emily Winslow was a young drama student at Carnegie Mellon University’s elite conservatory in Pittsburgh when a man brutally attacked and raped her in January 1992. While the police's search for her rapist proved futile, Emily reclaimed her life. Over the course of the next two decades, she fell in love, married, had two children, and began writing mystery novels set in her new hometown of Cambridge, England. Then, in fall 2013, she received shocking news—the police had found her rapist. This is her intimate memoir—the story of a woman’s traumatic past catching up with her, in a country far from home, surrounded by people who have no idea what she’s endured. Caught between past and present, and between two very different cultures, the inquisitive and restless crime novelist searches for clarity. Beginning her own investigation, she delves into Fryar’s family and past, reconnects with the detectives of her case, and works with prosecutors in the months leading to trial. As she recounts her long-term quest for closure, Winslow offers a heartbreakingly honest look at a vicious crime—and offers invaluable insights into the mind and heart of a victim.

The Politics of Rape

The Victim's Perspective

Author: Diana Russell

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595292879

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 316

View: 8274

In her pioneer book, The Politics of Rape (1975, 1984), Diana E. H. Russell was among the first feminist writers to offer a revolutionary new understanding of rape as a manifestation of sexism. In a series of beautifully executed but wrenching interviews with 22 eloquent rape survivors, we learn about the heart wrenching pain, trauma, and long-term consequences caused by mens' misogynist attitudes and behavior toward women. Thankfully, Russell also provides a much-needed final chapter on solutions. According to Rolling Stones Magazine, The Politics of Rape "is probably the best introduction to rape now in print." The Women's Press called Russell's book, "truly exceptional . This is the best book I know of on the subject of the all-American crime of rape." Another reviewer described it as "one hell of a courageous book," noting that it was intended "as a tool for political change." Although The Politics of Rape was published a long time ago, the stories of rape survivors are never out of date.

Blaming the Victim

Author: William Ryan

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307760359

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

View: 5203

The classic work that refutes the lies we tell ourselves about race, poverty and the poorHere are three myths about poverty in America:– Minority children perform poorly in school because they are “culturally deprived.”– African-Americans are handicapped by a family structure that is typically unstable and matriarchal. – Poor people suffer from bad health because of ignorance and lack of interest in proper health care. Blaming the Victim was the first book to identify these truisms as part of the system of denial that even the best-intentioned Americans have constructed around the unpalatable realities of race and class. Originally published in 1970, William Ryan's groundbreaking and exhaustively researched work challenges both liberal and conservative assumptions, serving up a devastating critique of the mindset that causes us to blame the poor for their poverty and the powerless for their powerlessness. More than twenty years later, it is even more meaningful for its diagnosis of the psychic underpinnings of racial and social injustice. From the Paperback edition.