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The Epidemic of Rape and Child Sexual Abuse in the United States
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The Epidemic of Rape and Child Sexual Abuse in the United States


July 2000 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
"The authors clearly document the nee for special techniques when interviewing about sensitive sexual issues, and their defense of Russell's prevalence rates is convincing. Readers will gain an understanding of the impact of research methods on results and the interplay of political agendas and research interests. Extensive references as well as clear tables and figures. Highly recommended for academic collections." —Choice "This is a fascinating book which will have wide appeal to academicians and scholars in the field. Dr. Russell's outstanding reputation in the field should sell any book and this book is another example of her excellent work. . . . I offer my highest praises for this book and believe it will become an instant 'classic'." —Helen M. Eigenberg, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the School of Social and Community Services This long-awaited follow-up to Diana Russell''s landmark 1984 book Sexual Exploitation examines the many – and often conflicting – findings of studies that have since been conducted on the incidence and prevalence of rape and child sexual abuse in the United States. The wide variation in prevalence rates obtained by these studies – for example, rape rates ranging from 2.6% to 44% – has led many hostile critics to attack the high rates as misleading and alarmist. Diana E. H. Russell and Rebecca M. Bolen''s careful evaluation of 14 government- and privately-funded studies (including Russell''s own) provides a definitive statement on the realities concerning the prevalence of rape and child sexual abuse. Their evaluations consider the various definitions researchers have used for rape and child sexual assault, as well as their methodologies for collecting data. The authors also address in particular the sexual victimization statistics reported by two important U.S. government agencies, the FBI and the Bureau of Justice Statistics, both of which have reported relatively low incidence rates. This book also addresses the widely-publicized backlash criticism – from both anti-feminists and a new breed of feminist critics – claiming that high sexual assault rates are greatly exaggerated. Armed with the belief that accurate information about the magnitude of sexual assault in society is vital to the theory, prevention, and treatment of these crimes, the authors have produced a ground-breaking resource that is a must-read book for those who study, educate about, and help the women and girls who are victims of sexual assault.

 
Introduction
From Revolution to Backlash

 
 
PART ONE: THE SCOPE OF RAPE
 
Rape Laws and Prevalence Research
 
Russell's Survey on the Incidence and Prevalence of Rape in San Francisco
 
Rapes Reported to the Police
A Comparison of the FBI's and Russell's Data

 
 
The Federal Government's Estimates of the Incidence of Rape
 
The Prevalence of Rape
Other Representative Samples - Part 1

 
 
The Prevalence of Rape
Other Representative Samples - Part 2

 
 
Is the Rape Rate Really Decreasing
Trends in Rape Rates over Time

 
 
PART TWO: THE SCOPE OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
 
Child Sexual Abuse, the Law, and Researcher's Definitions
 
The Incidence of Child Sexual Abuse
 
Russell's Survey on the Prevalence of Child Sexual Abuse in San Francisco
 
The Prevalence of Child Sexual Abuse
Other Representative Samples - Part 1

 
 
The Prevalence of Child Sexual Abuse
Other Representative Samples - Part 2

 
 
Comparisons of Child Sexual Abuse Prevalence Rates
 
The Epidemic of Child Rape
Reality and New Myth

 
 
PART THREE: CONCLUSION
Diana E H Russell
The Backlash
Feminists Blamed for Creating a Phantom Epidemic of Rape and Child Sexual Abuse

 
 
The Epidemic of Rape and Child Sexual Abuse
A National Emergency

 

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