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Of Skin and Sin

NCJ Number
Police Product News Volume: 4 Issue: 12 Dated: (December 1980) Pages: 34-39
G R Parulski
Date Published
6 pages
The article cites comments by an author of a book on rape and a vice-squad detective as evidence for the hypothesis that pornography incites rape.
In addition, citizen crusades against pornography are noted, including laws that shut down sex parlors, restrict adult theaters, and outlaw loitering. On the other hand, the 1970 Federal Commission on Obscenity and Pornography found no reliable evidence to date that exposure to explicit sexual material played a significant role in the causation of delinquent or criminal sexual behavior. Furthermore, several other studies found there was, if fact, no connection between rape and pornography. The article also discusses problems of false rape accusations, which account for less than 11 percent of rape reports, and describes innovations in police handling of rape cases. Such innovations include having a female detective interview victims whenever possible in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago; training female deputies as investigators of rape cases in Los Angeles County; and offering the free services of a trained psychiatrist to any rape vicitm who requests them in Berkeley, Calif.