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Sexual Violence - The Reality for Women

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151 pages
This book discusses the politics of rape, describes the emotional reactions of victims, and provides information about the medical and legal aspects of rape.
Myths and realities of rape are examined, including the myth that 'rape is an act committed by a maniac.' Reactions experienced by rape victims and those close to them, such as anger and guilt, are detailed. The history of the law on rape and related offenses and its basis in the protection of the rights of men is provided. The various sexual assault offenses in Great Britain are outlined, including indecent assault and indecent exposure. Possible defenses for accused rapists are noted, and the victim's legal position as a witness is highlighted. Guidelines for reporting a rape to the police are supplied; components of the process (for example, the medical examination) are described. Court proceedings are traced from the trial to the sentence. Medical information is provided on pregnancy prevention methods for rape victims, abortion, common veneraal diseases, and common physical and psychological reactions to sexual assault. Additional information pertains sexual harassment at work to recommended rape prevention measures, and help available from the London Rape Crisis Center. Included are 47 notes.


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