Rape in the 21st Century; Old Behaviours, New Contexts and Emerging Powers

August 29, 2007


Funded by the ESRC, this project builds on an existing data set and seeks to explore the notion that the treatment of reported rape cases is influenced by stereotyoical notions of ‘real rape’ – committed by strangers, occurring in outdoor locations and involving weapons and injury – and that these function as a template from which all other types of reported cases are judged. The project investigates whether and how explicitly the ‘real rape’ template is central to constructions and/or understandings of rape in the criminal justice arena and whether and how this is linked to attrition.

  • Authors:
    Jo Lovett, Gordana Uzelac, Miranda Horvath, Liz Kelly
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